Win tonight puts Lions in states

The North Haven High boys basketball team kicked off the second half on a 12-0 run, storming past host Foran, 38-34, on Monday night at Fraser Gymnasium.

With the SCC interdivision loss, the Lions dropped to 7-12 overall and now need to beat visiting Cheshire High (9-9) tinight at 7 to qualify for the Class M state tournament.

“We have one more to play, we have to regroup,” Foran coach Tim Swaller said.

Senior guard Kevin Green scored a game-high 14 points for the locals, while Nick Weissauer added seven off the bench.

Austin Woods added six points and six rebounds.

“They packed in their zone and really blanketed Austin,” Swaller said.

Green’s 3-pointer from the right wing pulled Foran within 31-30 with 4:17 left to play, but that ended up being the second to last Lion basket.

Will Reaves then knocked down a pair of free throws for North Haven, before Weissauer countered with a brace of foul shots at the 3:29 mark.

North Haven (7-10) salted over a minute off of the clock on its ensuing possession, with senior guard Chandler Andrewsen cutting into the lane and banking in a runner with 2:20 remaining.

“They made some big shots,” Swaller said. “I thought that was the difference... Their guards made some shots.”

Foran had chances to tie it up down the stretch, but Green misfired on a pair of 3-pointers.

Andrewsen then hit the front end of a one-and-one with 52 seconds left, before Lopez converted a fast-break layup following a Lion miss at the 29-second mark.

Woods tossed in a basket with 17 seconds left, his first of the second half, to make it 38-34, but the Indians held on for the hard-fought victory and moved within a game of clinching a berth in the Class L state tournament.

“We struggled at times putting the ball in the basket down the stretch,” Swaller said.

Foran opened up a 7-5 lead after one quarter, with Green hitting the lone field goal, a 3-pointer from the left wing off of an assist out of the post from Woods.

North Haven, which connected on four jumpers from beyond the arc in the first half (6-for-15 for the game), got a pair of threes from Reaves and another from Andrewsen to narrow its gap to 16-15 at the half.

Woods, on a lob from Matt Gomes, tallied Foran’s lone two-point field goal of the first half in the second stanza.

Casey McCone drained a 3-pointer to account for the Lions’ other baskets.

North Haven, which also made just one two-pointer over the course of the opening 16 minutes, took the lead on John DeMarco’s turnaround jumper in the post, sparking the momentum swinging 12-0 flurry.

Andrewsen and Lopez canned threes during the burst, while Matt DeFrancesco  tossed in a layup.

Green’s driving lay-in at the 3:20 mark ended Foran’s scoring drought that lasted over five minutes, before the senior guard turned a steal into a layup to cut the Lion deficit to 27-20.

Weissauer’s 3-pointer from the right corner got Foran to within 29-25 with 7:12 left to play. DeFrancesco and Weissauer then traded baskets, making 31-27, until Green’s three with 4:17 left gave Foran its last basket until Woods’ scored in the final minute.