Saturday January 12, 2013

BRANDON CANEVARI

Manchester Journal

MANCHESTER -- It was almost over before it got going.

Jumping out to a 16-point lead by the end of the first quarter, the Burr and Burton Academy boys basketball never looked back as it defeated Windsor High School, 61-46, on Friday night.

And as Windsor tried to pry its way back into the contest in the second half, that early cushion was just what the Bulldogs needed.

"It helps a lot," said BBA coach Dave Shehadi. "You want to get out quick and make a statement. It helps to jump out. It gives the kids more confidence. They loosen up a little bit when they get a lead."

BBA senior captain Jake Stalcup led the Bulldogs (7-1) in scoring with 22 points -- 20 of which came during the first half -- and grabbed seven boards.

"[Jake Stalcup] was great; was great," said Shehadi. "He had 22 points Š and he had his hands full with the big kid. Their big kid was big and strong."

Despite the rocky start, the Yellowjackets (1-7) slowly began to chip away at the deficit, cutting the lead to 11 with under a minute remaining in the third quarter.

"That team doesn’t quit. They came back, made some shots and all of a sudden it’s an 11 point game again," said Shehadi.

But with the ball in BBA’s hands and the clock winding down, senior guard Gechuan Ellis (eight points) drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to put BBA up 14 going into the fourth quarter.

Foul shots helped keep Windsor in the game as they went a combined 13-of-17 over the last three quarters.

"We got off to a bad start in the first quarter, but after that I think we settled down and played pretty good basketball," said Windsor coach Harry Ladue. "[A] 12 to 14 [point deficit] is tough to come back, but we hung in there. We made some plays on them, made some runs on them."

As the game wore on, BBA got away from the up-tempo style of play they had exhibited in the first half and began to slow the game down, letting the game clock wind down and getting better looks at the basket -- something that impacted the Yellowjackets chances of mounting a comeback.

"They were really disciplined in the fourth quarter. We didn’t get a lot of touches in the fourth quarter and they used a lot of clock. So, it was tough for us," said Ladue.

Forward Conor Harrington had eight points for BBA and senior guard David Shehadi chipped in with seven points.

Senior Tanner Tibbits led Windsor in scoring with 12 points and Tyson Boudro and Mike Bradley each had eight points.