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Friday, April 20 Sports

ND-Fairfield boys topple Stratford

FAIRFIELD -- After graduating a pair of 1,000-point guards, Notre Dame-Fairfield's boys basketball team opened a new year in search of a new go-to guy.

On Tuesday, it had a few.

Bolstered by three scorers in double figures, the Lancers fended off a second-half run by Stratford to defeat their SWC foe, 61-53.

Jaylen Jennings and Jake Heaton each notched 18 points and CJ Davidson chipped in 14 as the Lancers stormed out to a 10-0 lead and never trailed.

"To beat Stratford the way we did today is very special," coach Vin Laczkoski said. "They are a very, very good team. Not only are they a good team, they're well coached."

Notre Dame (2-3) led by as many as 15 points in the first half and by nine at halftime before Stratford used a 12-3 spurt in the third to knot the score. The Lancers, however, responded with an 8-0 run of their own to take the lead for good.

Guard Jordan Pettway contributed six points and six assists for the Lancers, who are looking to learn from a daunting early season schedule. They lost to Career Magnet, Kolbe Cathedral and the state's No. 1 team, Fairfield Prep, in December, and must continue to develop a core after graduating Danny Upchurch and Earl Coleman.

"Every night it's anyone's game," said Jennings, who also pulled down 11 rebounds. "We have plenty of guys that can score."

Forward Nick Dilulio led the Red Devils with 19 points, including 15 in the second half, while guard Eric Rankin was held to 11 by an aggressive Lancers defense.

"CJ did a very good job of shadowing Rankin the whole game," Laczkoski said. "To hold a very good player like Rankin to 11 is pretty good."

Five of those points represented the Red Devils' output in a cold-shooting, turnover-filled first quarter, thanks to Notre Dame's full-court press.

"We dug ourselves a hole in an away game. You can't do that," Stratford coach Paul Dudzinski said. "They ran their break with ferocity.

"Unfortunately, I don't know what it is, I don't think we played our best."

When the Red Devils (4-2) rallied after solving Notre Dame's press, they were thwarted in other ways.

"They were starting to break it," Laczkoski said. "They started getting layups so we went away from it a little bit and concentrated just on taking out Rankin."

The Red Devils were ice cold from beyond the 3-point line, shooting 1-of-20, and they made only 12-of-19 free throws.

"We've got some young guys," Dudzinski said. "We didn't shoot the ball well."

The Lancers jumped ahead 43-37 after three and led by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter. The Red Devils cut the Lancers' lead to four points late before Heaton knocked down a pair of free throws to push it to 56-50 with 1:01 remaining.

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Myles Bailey 2 1-2 5 Eric Rankin 3 5-8 11 Nick Dilulio 7 5-8 19 Kareem Robinson 0 0-0 0 Mar'Quess Daniels 2 0-0 4 Jordan Jackson 0 0-0 0 Evan Velleca 0 0-0 0 Sam Breiner 1 1-1 3 Devon Davidson 1 0-0 2 Ian Oliver 0 0-0 0 Orville Morris 0 0-0 0 Michael McClean 3 0-0 6 Brendan Miller 1 0-0 3 Trenice McBroom 0 0-0 0 Patrick Lepesko 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 12-19 53.

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Jesse McIntosh 2 1-1 5 Anthony Gadsden 0 0-0 0 Jake Heaton 5 6-7 18 Jordan Pettway 2 2-2 6 James Gibson 0 0-0 0 Colin Burke 0 0-0 0 Jaylen Jennings 6 7-11 18 Joseph Cantey 0 0-0 0 Raphael Torres 0 0-0 0 Garnell Bell 0 0-0 0 CJ Davidson 5 4-5 14 Justin Federici 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 20-25 61.

STRATFORD 5 14 18 16 -- 53

ND-FAIRFIELD 14 14 15 18 -- 61

3-pointers: S -- Miller; NDF -- Heaton.