The Dragons prevailed in a key FAA rivalry game, defeating the Masters School of New York 54-42. The win brought GFA's overall record to 10-2, and their FAA record to 7-1.
Having just played each other five days earlier, the game more resembled a defensive cage fight than a free flowing game. Both teams took away the other's primary scoring options, so it became GFA, the team that had more options, who won.
Pat Ryan (Darien) stepped it up with another strong performance, scoring 17 and rebounding five. Matt Tate (Greenwich) was a force on both ends. He assisted on nine baskets, and it was his, Hunter Eggers (Greenwich) and Brendan Bieder's (Fairfield) intense ball pressure that was key in holding Masters to only 10 first half points.
Zach Baines (Stamford) was seemingly everywhere, blocking shots, assisting on baskets, scoring and pulling down a game high tenrebounds.
Having just played at Hopkins, 24 hours earlier, team depth was important in the Dragons' ability to keep Masters (7-4) from finishing their determined second half comeback attempt. Andrew Chase (Weston), Sam Hodge (Westport), Scott Deutsch (Southport) and Van Barnet (Ridgefield) all played well when called upon.
The key victim of the tightly played, low possession, style of play was that Sean Obi's amazing two and half year, 56 game, double-double streak was ended. The Dragons big man played well, scoring 12 against a double teaming defense and he snatched seven steals, but there just was not enough shot attempts for him to get his standard double digit rebounding number. He finished with seven.
Congratulations to Sean for compiling one of the greatest streaks in high school sports history, and a GFA school record that is likely to stand forever.
The Dragons have been attracting large and vocal opposing team crowds in their road games this season, as the opponents' student bodies attempt to bring the noise and inspire the upset wins. On Saturday, when Hopkins comes to play at Coyle Gym at 5 p.m., Greens Farms looks to return the favor.