FAIRFIELD — Tyler Bourne just doesn’t just get motivated. He makes you pay.
And a motivated Bourne made Notre Dame-West Haven pay in a second-round Division I basketball tournament game.
Bourne made five first-half 3-pointers, harassed Green Knights’ leading scorer Connor Raines on defense all night long and basically, put ND-Fairfield on his back in an 70-50 victory Thursday night at the Pitt Center on the campus of Sacred Heart University.
“He’s a vocal kid, he’s vocal in practice. He likes to have a bit of banter, it gets him going. It motivates him,” ND-Fairfield coach Chris Watts said. “And when Tyler’s playing like that, everyone seems to feed off it. And when he’s vocal, he’s a pretty good leader.”
Bourne had four of his 3-pointers in the second quarter (he had six for the game), scoring 14 points total as the Lancers jumped from an 11-11 first quarter tie to a 31-20 halftime lead. He finished with 25.
“They did a nice job of getting us out of our rhythm, it was hard to get into our offense,” Green Knights coach Jason Shea said. “We knew they were going to that and that we were going to have to make plays. Obviously, Bourne went off in the first half and they probably scored 60 to 70 percent of those points in the first half off turnovers. And when you do that, it’s hard to win.”
Indeed. ND-West Haven was guilty of 11 first half turnovers (18 overall) as they struggled to stay with the up-tempo Lancers. What also hurt the Green Knights was Bourne’s defensive effort against ND-WH’s big gun, Connor Raines. He finished with 14 but had just two in the first half as ND-Fairfield was taking control.
“Tyler said the night before that he wanted him. We had different matchups going into the game and Tyler said that he wanted to guard him. And when he speaks up, we know he’s serious about it,” Watts said. “If he’s going to ask us to defend a guy, we know he’s going to be super focused on that. For the simple fact that he said, ‘Coach I want to defend that guy,’ we said no problem.”
Bourne was motivated to the point where a couple of times, he was engaged with some interesting conversations with Raines.
“I just do that to motivate myself,” Bourne said. “The game plan coming in, coach Watts wanted me to take him away and don’t let him beat us, so that’s what I did.”
Leading 31-20 at halftime, the Lancers did a great job of quickly slamming the door to any kind of Green Knights comeback as a 15-5 burst — Nori Davis had six, Josh Reaves had five and Woodley Monnexant had four in the run — gave ND-Fairfield a 46-35 lead halfway through the third quarter.
“Each guy knew their assignment and they carried it out to a T,” Watts said. “Read Full Article
The Lancers (24-0) move into the quarterfinals against the winner of Friday’s No. 7 Danbury-No. 10 Trinity Catholic game on Monday at 7 p.m. at a site to be determined.
Notre Dame-West Haven’s season ends at 16-8.
Davis finished with 16, Reaves had 11 and Monnexant and Damion Medwinyer each had six for the Lancers. Alec Kinder had 12 and Mike Brooks 11 for the Green Knights.
“They are a very solid team,” Shea said of the Lancers. “They’re very experienced, they don’t any many weaknesses, except maybe depth. Other than that, all the guys can shoot it and score it and they’re going to be tough to beat.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tyler Bourne. The ND-Fairfield guard scored a game-high 25 points and played some serious defense against ND-West Haven’s top gun, Connor Raines. He also had five assists and five steals.
“They started posting (Raines) up a little bit early on and we got concerned and we were going to switch (defenses) but they stopped, so we let Tyler stay with him. He was focused tonight,” — ND-Fairfield coach Chris Watts on Tyler Bourne’s defense against ND-WH’s Connor Raines.
ND-FAIRFIELD 70, ND-WEST HAVEN 50
ND-WEST HAVEN (16-8)
Alec Kinder 5 2-2 12, Justin Covington 0 0-0 0, Josh Proctor 0 0-0 0, Tom Rosati 0 0-0 0, Mike Brooks 4 2-4 11, Jaiden Kimbro 1 0-0 2, Ben Carroll 0 1-2 1, Evan Blue 0 0-0 0, Zach Laput 2 0-0 5, Connor Raines 6 0-0 14, Trevon Setzer-Smith 1 0-0 2, Mike Robertson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 2- 5-8 50
Damion Medwinter 1 4-4 6, Jonathan Despeignes 0 0-0 0, Dylan Wade 0 0-0 0, Woodley Monnexant 2 1-2 6, Jaden Palmer 0 0-0 0, Xavier Giddens 0 0-0 0, Mubarack Soulmane 0 0-0 0, Micah Brantley 0 0-0 0, Noreaga Davis 6 2-5 16, Josh Reaves 2 6-8 11, Tyler Bourne 8 3-4 25, Rodney Medor 0 0-0 0, Stone Appleberg 0 0-0 0, Phillip Conner 1 0-0 02
Totals: 22 16-23 70
ND WEST HAVEN11 9 16 14—50
ND-FAIRFIELD 11 20 23 16—70
3-pointers: ND-WH — Raines 2, Laput, Brooks; ND-F — Bourne 6, Davis 2, Reaves Monnexant