It's on to the HVAL semi's for Forman after 82-62 win over Christian Heritage.
LITCHFIELD: In the second half of the Forman School Lions quarterfinal game against visiting Christian Heritage, a once 23-point lead had shrunk to 11 with the Kingsman on a roll.
The visitors were in the midst of a 16-5 run that made an apparent blowout a closer than needed to be contest with just under five minutes left to play in regulation.
Enter Dontae Thomas and some tenacious defense and the home team raced out on 11-0 run that left no doubt in an 82-62 win that finds the Lions in the semi-finals of the Housatonic Valley Athletic League tournament.
Forman will take on the Watkinson School at home on Wednesday with first tip scheduled for 4 p.m.
On Monday against the Kingsman, it was an afternoon to feed the big men and Harrison Day was more than happy to do his part inside to the tune of 20 points, all from in close.
When Day is on, he’s nearly impossible to stop and with Thomas playing his role of facilitator to the maximum, making sure the ball found it down low was a given.
Ethan Kramer (12) and Ben Rushford (11) both had big games with Rushford working hard down low while Kramer drained a pair of three pointers at key times.
Forman had beaten Christian Heritage twice during the regular season and lost just one league game all year, a 70-50 loss to the Wooster School on February 8 in Litchfield.
It’s been fun for the Forman faithful this year, watching this team, guided brilliantly by head coach John Strawson who knows just what buttons to push at just the right time.
Thomas is the floor general, Kai Burridge the instant energy sparkplug off the bench who contributed his usual energy to go along with seven points.
Kramer is long and deadly from the outside and not adverse to mixing it up on the inside while Lorenzo Lauria (6 points) can dominate the boards and bring the ball up in brake neck speed fashion when needed.
The story Monday evening though was Day who used his height and strength along with a nifty lefty move to the basket to dominate down low.
His ability to work the offensive glass, whether on a put back of his own shot or a teammates miss is impressive and so important to the success the Lions has experienced so far this year.
On Wednesday, the Lions host a team they beat twice during the regular season as well and with a win, will play for the league title at home this Saturday against an opponent TBD.
Housatonic Valley Athletic League
Forman 82, Christian Heritage 62
Christian Heritage 25 37 62
Forman School 44 38 82
Forman (82): Harrison Day 10-0-20, Dontae Thomas 9-2-21, Ethan Kramer 5-0-12, Ryan Capozucca 1-1-4, Kai Burridge 2-1-7, Ben Rushford 4-3-11, Theo Seremetis 0-1-1, Lorenzo Lauria 3-0-6. Totals: 34-8-82