The Amity Spartans Boys Basketball team made History last week. After working tirelessly all season, they made it to the CIAC D II state semi-final and then the Final at Mohegan Sun before an audience of nearly 5,000.
Amity, the no. 9 seed (20-7) was pitted against no. 2 Immaculate (22-5)
Points Per Quarter
AMITY 13 10 8 3 — 34
IMMACULATE 10 16 14 13 — 53
AMITY 13 23 31 34
IMMACULATE 10 26 40 53
To the surprise and delight of hundreds of Spartans fans Amity held a 2-0 lead with just 2:49 left in first quarter.
The lead quickly grew to 4 to 0; and by the end of the quarter, the score was 13-10 Amity.
The Spartans lead didn’t last long, as the Immaculate Mustangs tied Amity at 20.
Amity pulled ahead to 23-22, but by halftime the score was 26-23 Immaculate.
Early into the third quarter Amity’s Tyler Thomas reportedly held his previously injured wrist in obvious discomfort and Immaculate picked up steam and took control of the game, adding 10 points along the way and leading Amity 33 to 28.
The Mustangs gained a 9 point lead on the Spartans, ending the 3rd quarter at 40 to 31.
Soon after returning to the court, the Mustangs lead the Spartans 42 to 33.
Immaculate soon widened the spread to 48 to 33, then, in the blink of an eye the scoreboard read 52-33.
The Mustangs stampeded away with a 53-34 victory and the Division II state title.
Tyler Thomas 6 1-2 17 (four 3-pointers); Tanner Thomas 3 0-0 6; Cole Wissink 2 0-0 5 (one 3-pointer); Brian Curtin 1 0-0 3 (one 3-pointer); Chris Bierezowiec 1 0-0 2; Quinnlan Burke 0 1-2 1. Totals 13 2-6 34.
Quinn Guth 6 2-2 18 (four 3-pointers); Isaiah Payton 5 3-5 13; Jack Woods 4 3-4 13 (two 3-pointers); Michael Basile 3 1-2 7; Ronan Doherty 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 9-13 53.
One reason the Spartans made it to the state final is their not-so-secret weapon, SCC Player of the Year Tyler Thomas.
Perhaps Thomas’s best game of the season was on Jan. 8, when he scored a game-high 47-points, including six 3-pointers, and made his 1,000th point — and he’s only been with the Spartans for three years.
During the Championship game, Thomas was only 3 points shy of beating the all-time school scoring record, held for decades by Ed Goldstone. He finished with 1,533 career points — imagine what he could have achieved if he’d played all four years. This young man is an amazing player, and humble. He never hogged the ball and never made excuses if things didn’t go quite right.
This held true at the Championship game. Thomas scored eight points (including two 3-pointers) in both the first and second quarters. in the third quarter, something happened to his wrist, which he injured while attempting to dunk the ball during the semi-final game on March 14. He made one point in the second half, but he would not use the injury as an excuse for his overall performance.