WESTPORT — Staples senior Max Sussman came into the matchup with Fairfield Ludlowe on Monday night with a single thing on his mind — creating a legacy.
Sussman continued to do just that with a game-high five three-pointers to lead the Wreckers to a 64-51 win over the Falcons.
“I think all our guards have been working on all year getting better at (dribble penetration),” Sussman, who finished with 17 points, four rebounds, and two steals said. “Over the last couple of games, I know that it’s really opened up my shot, I know that it’s opened up (Luke) Murphy’s shot, and I think we’re just benefiting.”
Murphy also knocked down a pair of the Wreckers eight three-pointers as the freshman guard finished with 15 points and three assists.
After a tighly contested first quarter, Ludlowe struggled on both ends of the court, scoring only eight points in the second, while allowing the Wreckers to take a 12-point halftime lead.
The defensive intensity was lacking for the team, Falcons coach John Dailey said.
“For the first time in maybe five or six game I didn’t think our defense was any good,” he said. “That’s something that we really pride ourselves on and I thought our first half was not good tonight, and we dug ourselves a hole and it was tough to dig out of.”
Ludlowe junior Jadyn Tabois was the lone bright spot for the Falcons, finishing with a game-high 23 points.
With only a handful of game left on the schedule, the focus of leaving something special behind for the senior is the motivation that Sussman and company have, he said.
“I think, for me, being a senior,” Sussman said. “I’m trying to go out every day and play strong. I know that with the chemistry on this team, the players below Ben (Pearl), Tristan (Hochman), Stedman (Van Arsdale), and I will do that same.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Knocking down a game-high five three-pointers, the nod goes to Sussman. The senior finished with 17 points, four rebounds, and a pair of steals
HOME SWEET HOME
All three wins this season for the Wreckers have come in the friendly confines of Staples gym.
“I felt we were patient. I thought we ran our stuff really well. We broke the defense down for really good shots. And when we didn’t have a good shot, we pulled it back out and ran more clock to get an even better shot. I think that was the key to victory tonight.” — Staples coach Colin Devine on the Wreckers poise in running the offense against Ludlowe on Monday night.
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STAPLES 64, LUDLOWE 51
FFLD LUDLOWE 12 8 17 14—51
STAPLES 15 17 18 14—64
FFLD LUDLOWE (2-15)
James Bourque 1 0-0 2; Patrick Kilbride 0 1-1 1; Jadyn Tabois 8 4-4 23; Christian Peterson 0 0-0 0; Cooper Nielsen 2 2-2 6; Justin Schiller 1 2-2 4; Jackson Began 2 3-4 5; Jeffery Meyers 1 1-2 2; Josh Evans 0 1-2 1; Michael Bourque 1 0-0 3; Rowan Kesser 1 0-0 2. Totals: 17 13-16 51Read Full Article
Luke Murphy 5 3-3 15; Ben Pearl 3 2-2 8; A.J. Konstanty 7 0-0 14; Max Sussman 6 0-0 17; Stedman van Arsdale 0 2-4 2; Jake Thaw 2 1-2 5; Sam Maged 0 0-0 0; Evan Vishno 0 0-0 0; Dylan Ward 1 0-0 3, Tristan Hochman 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 11-18 64.
3-pointers: F—Tabois 3, M. Bourque; S—Sussman 5, Murphy 2, Ward.
Fouled Out: S—Konstanty
Highlights: F—J. Bourque had three rebounds, three assists, and a steal. S—Pearl had two steals, two assists, and two rebounds.