Seventh Graders Split Last Weekend’s Basketball Games

Woodbury Seventh Grade Boys Basketball

The 2017-18 Woodbury seventh grade boys basketball team. Front row (l-r): Michael Bambino, Nate Bartoli, Treydon Medonis, and Andrew Greene. Back row (l-r): Coach John Ponte, Ryan Ponte, Dylan Chung, Braedon Purser, Ben Stewart, and Coach Jeff Stewart. (Contributed photo)

Woodbury 55, Danbury 51

In the immortal words of Kevin Costner in Bull Durham, “Never mess with a streak!”  

The Woodbury Seventh Grade Boys Travel Warriors are on a 4 game winning streak beating Danbury 55-51 in a close matchup last weekend.  

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This marks the fourth game in a row where those pesky Warriors had to play together as a team to come from behind to win in the fourth quarter. Their torrid second half shooting, increased foul shooting accuracy, and stifling zone defense have contributed to their awesome play.  

Ben Stewart led the Warriors with 23 points including an impressive 9-9 from the foul line.  He added 7 rebounds and 4 assists to the team totals.  

Braedon Purser had his best game of the season scoring 14 points, including 2 key three pointers.  He would have had another at the buzzer from half court at the end of the half, but it was waved off as time expired.  He added 5 rebounds and 4 big blocks to his totals.  

Dylan Chung continued his steady play with 11 points and 10 rebounds.  Ryan Ponte added 2 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and continued his strong defense at the top of the zone.  Andrew Greene added a couple of big rebounds late as well as some great defense as he was thrown into key minutes late in the fourth quarter when Purser and Ponte fouled out.  

Coach Jeff Stewart was asked what has been the contributing factor for this great team turn around. “I can sum it up in one word……Together!”  This word bellows throughout the gym whenever the team breaks their huddle.  “Coach John (Ponte) and I have preached this the entire year.  I just think that the boys finally believe it, and that has made all the difference”.

New Fairfield 36, Woodbury 26

All streaks must come to an end, and the Warriors ran into a good defensive team in New Fairfield that ended theirs. 

The stingy Rebels defense only allowed three players to even score.  The Warriors held their own on defense with their match-up zone that has been a weapon for them all year.  Usually when you hold a team under 40 points you win, however that was not the case here.  The Warriors will be looking to avenge this loss when they play New Fairfield again at the end of the month. 

The Warriors were led by Ben Stewart with 15 points and 10 rebounds, Dylan Chung with 9 points and 9 rebounds, and Ryan Ponte with 2 points and his rebound high for the year 12 rebounds.

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