BRISTOL - The Terryville boys basketball team had a mixed night emotionally in an exciting 66-62 win over Nonnewaug on Wednesday.
“It was an exciting end to a great game,” Terryville head coach Mark Fowler said. “Our defense was not at its best but we got a few key stops and rebounds when the game was on the line and that showed a lot about our grit.”
The Kangaroos got a career-high point total from Mike Tiscia with 31.
However, Terryville lost starting point guard and leading scorer Evan Dorso, who suffered a broken elbow early in the second half on a hard drive to the hoop. He had 12 points in the game when he suffered the injury.
Tiscia scored 23 of his 31 points following Dorso’s injury.
“I’m glad we were able to hold on for the win and Mike was outstanding [Wednesday], but unfortunately the story of the night is Evan’s injury,” Fowler said. “Losing him is a huge blow for the team and he leaves a huge void to fill. “It also gives someone the opportunity to step in and help the team.”
Shawn Iwanow scored 10 points in the Kangaroos first win of the season, now sitting at 1-2.
The Kangaroos saw the 49-39 lead going into the final quarter slip away.
“Nonnewaug came storming back in the closing minutes behind eight of Peter Rickenbach’s 16 points and a late 3 from Jake Firlings,” Fowler said. “The Chiefs had two chances to tie or take the lead in the final minutes. But Ethan Rheault grabbed 2 rebounds that led to free throws from Tiscia and Albert Molina in the closing seconds that put the finishing touches on the victory.”
Jarrett Michaels led the Chiefs with 18 points and JD Gegenbach added 12.
The Kangaroos will travel to play Litchfield tonight.
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