Three wins last week improves the overall record to 9-4 for the New Canaan Black eighth-grade boys travel basketball team sponsored by Mad Dog Radio in the Fairfield County Basketball League .
On Friday, NC Black defeated Westport PAL, 41-32. Westport had edged New Canaan by two points earlier in the season. Zachary Allen scored 17 points to lead New Canaan, while Claude Chandonnet scored 11 and Brandon Abate had seven.
New Canaan took an early lead on Chandonnet's three-pointer and baskets by Abate and Allen, who converted a nice pass from Chandonnet. New Canaan struggled against Westport's press in the second quarter. Chandonnet with six blocks, Allen with three and T.J. Simpson with two patrolled the paint. But Westport rallied for a 21-19 halftime lead.
New Canaan's press took over in the second half. Allen converted a nice look from Deven Appel for a three-point play, and Simpson's drive through the lane resulted in another nice basket. A block by Tyler Edwards helped New Canaan's defensive effort, and Abate hit five foul shots in the second half.
New Canaan played its best game of the season Saturday in a 60-40 win over St. Theresa of Trumbull's Maroon team. Chandonnet scored a career-high 35 points, including a perfect 12-for-12 from the foul line. He also had seven rebounds. Allen (13 points, eight rebounds and five blocks) led a strong supporting cast, including Appel (eight points, five rebounds and two blocks) and Michael Kraus (two assists, two steals, a tie up, a rebound and a shot-block). Tyler Edwards (five rebounds) and T.J. Simpson (eight rebounds) controlled the glass. Guards Paul Hagopian, Brandon Abate and Kraus led a strong defensive effort on New Canaan's press.
The weekend concluded with a 32-21 win over the Westport YMCA. Allen led the way with 10, while Abate had eight and Simpson chipped in six. Allen added 14 rebounds and six blocks, while Simpson (nine points and four blocks) and Chandonnet (six rebounds and three blocks) also made their marks. Abate and Hagopian also made key offensive contributions.
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