Sciuto rescues Lions win over Lawmen

Mike Sciuto had some unfinished business to take care of if the Foran High boys basketball team was going to come way from Jonathan Law’s rocking James Richetelli Sr. Gymnasium with a victory on Friday night.

Sciuto, a sophomore, had scored 10 points in the opening quarter to stake coach Tim Swaller’s Lions to a 17-7 lead.

Foran held off multiple rallies by Law, and held a healthy 57-37 lead with 5:41 remaining in this Southern Connecticut Conference Hammonasset Division contest.

Coach Tim Dooley’s Lawmen crept back into the game behind solid defense and a consistent offensive performance.

Foran couldn’t put Law away at the foul line down the stretch, and that’s when Sciuto stopped a skein of poor foul shooting by knocking down a pair with 15 seconds left to ensure the 66-58 victory.

“Michael had a great start for us and his confidence level is up,” Swaller said after Sciuto finished with 17 points. “Those free throws were big. In a crosstown game, you know they (Law) always have a run in them.”

Nolan Beardsley began the Law comeback with a 3-pointer off a pass from Matt Marino.

Beardsley then hit a free throw, Giovanni Marzullo scored inside and Jeremy Douchette buried two free throws to make it a 60-46 game with 4:27 remaining.

David Enders answered for Foran, with the assist going to Sciuto, but Pat O’Brien hit a brace of freebies and Tyler Curtin scored off a pass from Douchette. Foran called for timeout with 3:33 on the clock. The score was 61-50.

Douchette stole the ball after the break and his layup made it a seven-point game.

After a free throw by the Lions’ Hawkins French, Law’s defense forced three turnovers but was only able to come away with two points on free throws by O’Brien.

“We couldn’t capitalize on some of our play,” Dooley said. We couldn’t put stops and scores together.”

O’Brien’s 3-pointer with 24 seconds on the clock made it a two-possession game at 64-58, before Sciuto came up big at the stripe.

Hawkins led all scorers with 18 points, and Zach Tavitan had nine for Foran.

Beardsley led Law with 14 points, followed by Dylan Vienneau with 10 and Douchette with nine.

Foran was 21-for-40 from the foul line. Law was 14-for-26.