Short-handed Lawmen lose to Guilford

The Jonathan Law boys basketball team fell to the Guilford Indians, 54-37, on Friday night in an SCC rematch of the game on Jan. 9, where Law won in double overtime to claim its first victory of the season.

Law had three players suspended for their involvement in a skirmish with East Haven last Saturday. That incident adds to what has been a tough season to date for the Lawmen.

The game began with Guilford’s Tony Pensa scoring with a putback off a missed layup. Guilford got in foul trouble early, committing fouls on three of Law’s first four possessions, but Law couldn’t capitalize.

The second quarter was played like one big fast break, with transition buckets and turnovers galore.

Guilford jumped out to a six-point lead before Law’s Dylan Vienneau hit back to back 3-pointers to tie the game at 20, forcing Guilford head coach Jeff DeMaio to call a timeout.

Out of the break, Guilford finished the half on an 8-0 run, capped off by a nice three-point play from senior captain Chris Rogers, driving through the lane and making the layup after being fouled. The ensuring free throw put the halftime score at 28-20.

Guilford’s run to end the first half continued into the second, with senior captain Shaun Ross opening the scoring with a fast-break layup that started a 9-0 run for the Indians, and 17-0 straight unanswered points overall.

After a timeout from Law head coach Tim Dooley, junior Justin McFadden slammed home an impressive dunk, which was Law’s best highlight of the night. McFadden would add a free throw with his dunk, which turned out to be Law’s only three points of the quarter.

The fourth period saw both teams trading baskets, fast breaks and turnovers, with Guilford milking a 20-point lead. Both coaches let some younger players get time as the game came to a close, with Guilford grinding away the clock to a final score of 54-37.

Pensa led all scorers with 16 points, followed by Vienneau, who led Law with 11. Nolan Beardsley finished with nine points.

Law visited Hillhouse on Tuesday, before hosting crosstown rival Foran for Senior Night Friday at 7.

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Nolan Beardsley scored 10 points for Law in its 58-36 loss to Branford High on Thursday.