Terryville comeback comes up short in Class S quarters
TERRYVILLE - Down and out in the first half, the Terryville boys basketball team nearly saved its season before George Logan ended the comeback.
Terryville rallied from 17 down and took a brief lead in the fourth quarter before running out of gas and time in a tough 66-60 loss to Old Lyme in the Class S quarterfinals on Monday night in Terryville.
With the Kangaroos poised to complete a remarkable comeback, Logan turned in perhaps the finest quarter of his high school career. The senior scored 18 of his 30 points over the final eight minutes as the fifth-seeded Wildcats moved into the Class S semifinals.
Tyler Trillo scored 23 points, including the 1,000th of his career and Jacob Johnson added 20 for Terryville, which was seeded fourth and finishes the season with a record of 19-6.
"It was a great season," Terryville coach Mark Fowler said. "It was a tough loss but we never quit, never gave in. The way we fought back and gave it our all in the second half is what I will remember about this season."
The Kangaroos fought back by hitting shots, driving the lane and showing some patience on offense, something they didn't do in the first half and that the Wildcats did while building a big lead.
Old Lyme was up 18-10 after the first paced by Matt Fuller, who hit three 3-pointers in the opening eight minutes. Old Lyme extended the lead to 34-22 at the half and left Fowler looking for answers and Wildcats coach Kirk Kaczor searching for something to say to his red-hot team.
"We've been a second-half team all season so I didn't really know what to say to them at the half," Kaczor said. "When they came back on us in the second half and took the lead, then I knew exactly what to say. We've been in that position a lot and the kids handled it really well."
The Kangaroos needed to make a run fast in the third or risk being blown out and they answered the call. Trillo scored the fist hoop of the half to ignite a 16-3 run that Johnson capped with a three-point play to give Terryville a 38-37 lead with 2:31 left in the quarter.
It was the first lead for the Kangaroos since a basket by Arthur Trent gave them a 5-3 lead just 1:43 into the game. Unfortunately, Terryville went scoreless for the rest of the third and Old Lyme took a 40-38 lead into the fourth.
"We knew they were a good team and we expected something out of them in the second half," Kaczor said. "They have some players and in the third quarter it seemed like every time we left someone open they hit a big shot."
In the fourth it was Logan's turn to hit big shots and he did it again and again. From the field and from the line, every time the Wildcats needed a score it seemed like Logan was there to provide it.
He had a three-point play to put Old Lyme up 47-40 with 6:30 to go and had another to answer a 3-pointer by Johnson and give the wildcats a 52-49 edge with just over three minutes to go. Trillo did his best to keep Terryville in the game and made three free throws after being fouled on a 3-pointer with 18.9 seconds on the clock. But Logan made four free throws in the final 16 seconds to ice it.
"Coach said he was going to call a play for me to start the fourth quarter and it worked, and then we were able to run it three or four times in a row," Logan said. "We've been playing together since the sixth grade and we know how to get each other open and get the ball to the hot hand."
And on Monday it was Logan's hot hand that cooled off Terryville's frantic comeback.
"We fought back and I thought when we got the lead we might be able to get over the hump," Fowler said. "You dig a big hole like that against a good team you have to expend a lot of energy getting back in it and you're spent mentally and physically."
Class S State Tournament Quarterfinals
Old Lyme 18-16-6-26 - 66
Terryville 10-12-16-22 - 60
Old Lyme (66) - Andrew Tyrol 4 1-2 9; Paul Burdick 0 5-6 5; George Logan 8 12-14 30; Slater Gregory 3 2-2 9; Matt Fuller 3 2-3 11; Dan Chapman 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 22-27 66.
3-pointers: Fuller (3), Logan (2), Gregory.
Terryville (60) - Tyler Trillo 7 6-7 23; Shea Tracy 3 0-0 9; Jacob Johnson 8 1-2 20; Sean Hurig 2 0-0 4; Arthur Trent 2 0-0 4. Totals: 22 7-9 60.
3-pointers: Trillo (3), Tracy (3), Johnson (3)