Boys basketball: Law's rally falls short at North Haven

Jonathan Law got within two baskets of host North Haven, but could not complete the comeback, falling 62-56 in an SCC boys basketball game on Friday night.

“Each quarter we got off to a slow start and you can’t win games when you’re turning the ball over in the first two possessions of each quarter,” said Law coach Tim Dooley. “We have to overcome that and get better at that.”

Senior guard Nolan Beardsley led Law with 16 points. Evan Carollo added 13, Justin McFadden had 12 and Destin Johnson scored 10.

Chris Watson led all scorers with 20 for North Haven while Jack Steinman added 12.

The Indians got off to a fast start, starting 7-0 on two Watson layups and a 3-pointer from Tom Dodge. The Lawmen got on the board with a Carollo three, to which Watson followed with another basket. Beardsley then nailed a trey to make it 9-6.

The Indians answered with a Steinman jump shot and a pair of Dodge threes. Johnson and Robert Varnum followed with layups as North Haven led 17-10 after one quarter.

In the second quarter, Beardsley started with two free throws followed by a Watson putback and a layup from Emadi Okwuosa. Beardsley had a drive to the hoop of his own and a three to make it 23-17.

McFaddden and Beardsley followed with layups to make a three-point game, 24-21. North Haven followed with a 7-2 run to make it 31-23 before Carollo hit a 3-pointer to make it 31-26 at the half.

“We did shoot the three well, but we weren’t able to make the big plays when we needed it,” Dooley said. “Like we always do, we played our guts out, we showed a lot of heart and pride. One day we’re going to put it all together.”

Law started the second half with a 5-2 run, thanks to a Matt Marino 3-pointer and a Carollo layup to make it 33-31. North Haven responded with 9-0 run to expand the score to 42-33 midway through the third quarter.

McFadden then drove the lane for a layup and Johnson nailed a three to make it 43-38. North Haven had a 9-3 run to end the quarter with a 52-41 lead.

Despite a nine-point deficit, the Lawmen didn’t quit.

After a Steinman layup, Johnson hit another three and McFadden followed with a layup and two shots from the line to make it 54-48. Watson and Beardsley traded two foul shots and Johnson capitalized on a steal to make it 56-52.

Jarrod Sancho followed with a layup and Carollo answered him with a layup. McFadden scored to make it a 60-56 game with less than a minute to play. Law missed a pair of free throws with 30 seconds left and North Haven held on.

“We have to come ready to play and cut down on the mistakes, the turnovers and work on our rebounding because you’re not going to win too many games if you can’t do that,” Dooley said.