Foran tops Law (game story)

Bob Notholt scored 19 points and the Foran High boys basketball team turned back Jonathan Law, 54-43, at the Edna Fraser Gymnasium on Jan. 4.

Coach Tim Swaller’s Lions are 3-3 and coach Tim Dooley’s Lawmen are 1-4.

“We needed to get some touches inside (to Notholt) in the second half, and then we knocked down shots from the perimeter,” Swaller said.

The game was tied at 18 at the half, and Notholt’s three-point play off a rebound gave Foran the lead for good at 23-20.

Dylan Vienneau’s 3-pointer, one of his 20 points, brought Law within 31-27 with 3:03 left in the third period.

Matt Gomes answered with a 3-pointer for Foran, and Law turned the ball over on 6-of-7 possessions.

The Lions led 34-29 to open the final period, and Foran scored on 5-of-6 trips down court early in the canto to go on top 44-33 on a pair of Notholt free throws.

“We had been keying (on Notholt), sending as many bodies at him as we could,” Dooley said. “He’s a very good player, a big horse, and they got the ball to him.

“We missed some opportunities (shots) that we had and had a few too many turnovers. But the kids played hard and it was a good game to be a part of.”

Vienneau opened the game with a 3-pointer off an assist from Jeremy Douchette, before Foran’s Colton Canelli tallied off the first of six assists by Gomes.

Notholt scored the next four points, two from the line after being fed by Sean Deegan.

Ryan Siddall, who had double digit rebounds for the Lawmen, found Louis Birks on a block-to-block pass, and Vienneau added buckets on a baseline jumper and a pullup shot in transition.

Billy Suech assisted on another Notholt hoop, and Nick Weissauer’s free throw tied the game after one period.

Notholt’s kickout pass resulted in Gomes’ 3-pointer from the top of the key, but Douchette made a jumper from the elbow.

Gomes’ scoop shot in traffic earned him a three-point play and Foran a 15-11 lead at the 6:32 mark of the second quarter.

The hard-working Tariq Dawson kept a rebound alive for Law long enough for Vienneau to gather in the tip and hit an eight-footer.

Vienneau then came off a curl and released a 3-pointer off a Dawson assist to give Law a 16-15 lead.

Out of a Foran timeout, Law sprung its first press of the game, and after two Lion turnovers, Dawson scored inside at the three-minute mark.

Weissauer (eight points) ended a string of six empty possessions when the senior stepped back and launched a long 3-pointer to tie the game at 18 going into the half.

“In the first half I thought we struggled,” Swaller said. “In the second half, we ran our stuff harder and began to get better looks.”

Law was first out of the blocks in the third quarter, with Douchette hitting a jumper in transition.

One of Notholt’s seven boards resulted in a three-point play, and then Weissauer created a Law turnover and scored a layup off a pass from Gomes.

Deegan assisted on another Notholt bucket, but Law’s Birk (10 points) scored consecutive hoops, the second a puback.

Swaller called for a timeout up 25-24 with five minutes remaining in the third period.

The Lions came out and forced three Law turnovers, and offensively Notholt and Deegan (from Suech) scored inside.

Douchette found Vienneau for a 3-pointer from the wing, but Gomes matched that trey.

Out of a Dooley timeout, Dawson ended a 9-3 Foran run with a pair of free throws but the Lions took a five-point edge into the final eight minutes.

Off the dribble, Gomes fed Notholt for a bucket, Weissauer made a jumper, and Suech scored on a drive.

Birks scored inside and Vienneau on a breakaway, but Foran led 4-33 with 4:45 remaining in the game.

Weissauer’s no-look pass on a run out led to a Deegan bucket.

Douchette and Vienneau hit consecutive treys and Birks scored inside, but Foran went 10-for-12 from the line in the final 3:49.

Gomes (14 points) was 7-of-8 from the stripe during this stretch.

Foran is home to Branford Tuesday at 7, while Law hosts West Haven at 7.