Boys Basketball State Final: Mustangs Stampede Over Spartans In Second Half, Win Title

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Mar 192018

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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


First Quarter

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.

Second Quarter

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.

Third Quarter

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.

Fourth Quarter

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.


Tyler Thomas

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.



Boys Basketball: Wissink’s Block Secures Spartans Victory And A Trip To The Sun

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Mar 152018

The Amity Spartans were on the road in Shelton for the CIAC D II Semifinal game against Newtown on Wednesday, March 14.

The lower than average score in the first and second quarters meant that the defense was working overtime on both sides.

Tyler Thomas was the game’s high scoring player with 18 points, his brother Tanner followed with 11 for Amity.

Newtown’s Nick Weiland and Robert DiSibio each made 14 points.

First Quarter

Newtown had a 3-point lead over Amity, ending the first quarter at 10-7.

Second Quarter

The Spartans pulled ahead with 13 points over the Nighthawk’s 7. Second quarter score 20-17 Amity

Third Quarter

This was a big quarter for the Spartans, who added 18 points to Newtown’s 11. Third Quarter score  38 – 28 Amity.

Fourth Quarter

Even with a solid 10 point lead the Spartans knew that the Nighthawk’s were in the semifinals with them for a reason, and so far, they had given them quite a run. So every move, every pass, everything that happened in the next few minutes would lead to a victory or devastation.

Both teams quickly pushed forward with Amity keeping a lead as the minutes ticked away 45 – 36; 47 – 36; 47 – 38 with 39 seconds remaining; 48 – 40 at the 31-second mark; 48 – 42 and just 15.2 seconds left, and down to the wire at 6.3 seconds 48 – 45.

After Tanner Thomas sunk a foul shot for Amity, Newtown’s Riley Ward took the ball to their end of the court and passed it to Ryan Escoda, who threw it for a 3-pointer, which would have tied the game. But, Amity’s 6′-1″ freshman, Cole Wissink lept into the air and blocked the shot, sending the ball into the bleachers.

And all of their hard work paid off, the Amity Spartans (20-6) are going to their first state final game against #2 Immaculate at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Score by quarter

AMITY          7  13  18  10 – 48

NEWTOWN  10   7  11  17 – 45


AMITY (20-6) Tyler Thomas 7 2-5 18 (includes three 3-pointers); Tanner Thomas 4 3-6 11; Chris Bierezowiec 4 2-3 10; Cole Wissink 2 0-0 4 (one 3-point field goal);  Joe Benedetti 1 0-0 3; John Nolan 1 0-0 2;  . Totals: 19 7-14 48.

NEWTOWN (14-11) Nick Weiland 7 0-1 14, Robert DiSibio 5 1-2 14, Todd Peterson 5 0-3 11, Ryan Escoda 1 0-0 3, Riley Ward 1 0-0 2, Shea Talbot 0 1-3 1. Totals: 19 2-9 45.