WOODBURY – The Nonnewaug boys basketball team’s comeback bid against Terryville fell short Wednesday night, and the Kangaroos held on to defeat the Chiefs 66-62.
Nonnewaug (0-4) led 20-19 after one quarter, but Terryville took control of the game in the second and pulled away in the third.
“We knew we should have beat that team,” Nonnewaug co-captain Peter Rickenbach said. “We had them under control, too, and when they got on that run, we said ‘that’s it, we can’t allow them to score.’”
Despite Terryville’s 49-39 lead after three quarters, Nonnewaug fought back and trailed by just 1 with 29.7 seconds left in the game.
With 1:30 left in the game, Jarrett Michaels sank a pair of free throws to cut Terryville’s lead to 59-57. However, Terryville shot 4-for-6 from the foul line to grow its lead to 63-57 with 51.7 left on the clock.
But a quick sequence of events put Nonnewaug right back in the game.
Jacob Firlings hit a 3-pointer, with 37.2 left to play, and Nonnewaug was quick to call a time out. Jason Porcelli stole the inbound pass, and fed J.D. Gengenbach underneath for an easy layup, which made it a 63-62 game.
“I liked our fight in the fourth quarter, but missing free-throws and missing defensive assignments will not let you win close games like that,” said Nonnewaug head coach Devonne Parker.
Rickenbach and Michaels both scored 18 points for the Chiefs. Firling added 9 and Gengenbach had 8.
Terryville’s Mike Tiscia led all scorers with 29 points.