By PHIL BRODSKY
Orange Live Sports Writer
Leading from start to finish, the Amity boys basketball team celebrated Senior Night by demolishing East Haven 62-30 Fri day night in a Southern Connecticut Conference inter-divisional contest played in Woodbridge. With the lop-sided win, the Spartans improved their record to 14-4 while the Yellowjackets slumped to 4-14. The winners connected on half of their 44 shots from the floor while the Easties were good on only 11 of their 48 tries (a meager 23%). In addition, Amity outboarded a much shorter East Haven quintet, 38-30.
According to winning Coach Jeff Nielsen “Defensively, we knew that we had to defend against the threes. Offensively, since we knew we were much taller, we wanted to get the ball inside for easy baskets. My only concern is our shooting free throws. We’ve never been the best team from the foul line. (Amity connected on only14 of its 24 freebies) Other than that, I thought we played great. Having the big lead early in the game, I was able to go to the bench and give them a lot of playing time.”
Ben LeVine swished an early trey and Remi Farrell followed that by cashing in on a feed from Gardner Broderick to give Amity a quick 5-0 lead. When Farrell slammed home a tomahawk dunk with 3 minutes, 17 seconds left in the first quarter, the Spartans extended their ever-growing lead to 13-3. By the end of the opening session, The Spartan advantage had been extended to 17-6.
Three pointers by Dave Ryan and Sebastian DiMauro were sandwiched around a short range hook shot from Broderick made it 25-11. When Farrell added successive dunks Amity had run off a 13- 5 spurt that opened up a 30-11 lead. After Steve Perricone’s lay-up with 7:11 to go in the first half, East Haven did not record another field goal until Ben Bagnoli hit from beyond the arc four minutes later. The Spartans walked off with a 35-14 halftime lead.
“Since it was Senior Night, I started Gilbert Guo and Alex Tumeniuk, two seniors that don’t see a lot of action, and they stepped right up to set the tone for the game,” Nielsen said. “Going into the game, I was concerned that we might overlook East Haven and think about Tuesday’s game against Fairfield Prep, the No. 1 team in the state. Fortunately, we never lost our focus and followed through on our game plan.”
Both teams cleared their respective benches during the second half. Led by Farrell’s 11 points, Amity ended up with 11 players sharing in the scoring. Zac Campbell and Broderick each hauled in a team-high six rebounds. Nick Lamberti tallied 12 points and grabbed seven caroms for the losers.
In their final home game of the regular season, the Spartans host Fairfield Prep on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
AMITY ITEMS: The seven seniors honored in a brief pre-game ceremony were: Campbell, Levine, Broderick, Guo, Tumeniuk, Matt Lettick, and Farrell. Former Amity athlete (Class of 1989) Marine Corporal Chris Zovinka, a 100% service connected disabled veteran, who has undergone 11 surgeries including a kidney transplant, was also honored. While at the West Haven Veterans Administration Hospital, Zovinka returned to his alma mater to coach throwers for the Spartan track team.