RIDGEFIELD \u2014 After opening the season with eight straight wins, the Brien McMahon boys basketball team's run at perfection ended Tuesday night. The Senators came out flat, fell into a huge early hole and suffered their first' loss of the season with a 79-56 setback to Ridgefield. Less than 10 seconds into the game, Ridgefield's Christopher Longo set the tone by drilling a wide-open 3-pointer from the right corner at the Tigers never looked back. Longo keyed Ridgefield's strong start by scoring 10 of his 31 points in the first quarter when the Tigers (4-4) raced out to a 21-6 lead. "Realistically, being undefeated in life is not even a choice," McMahon coach Ken Dustin said. "Everybody receives some type of failure. It's how you respond to that failure that will this team and defines your character." In the first half, McMahon (8-1) struggled mightily to penetrate Ridgefield's zone, settling for too many 3-pointers that were not dropping. Over the first two quarters, the Senators made only six field goals and four of them were 3-pointers. McMahon's only points in the first period came on a pair of treys by Jahmerikah Green-Younger, who scored 12 points before being assessed a pair of technicals with 1:37 remaining in the game. Eric Day paced McMahon with 16 points while TJ Burden also chipped in with 12. The Senators' first non-3-pointer was a runner in the lane by Matt Saint-Louis with 6:52 remaining in the first half. "That was our game plan," said Ridgefield coach Drew McClellan, pointing out that he wanted to limit the Senators' penetration. "They're a really good slash team, that's their identity. "We call it paint touches. We wanted to give them as few paint touches as possible and my boys followed their game plan perfectly. We made them make shots, which they did, but they didn't make enough." After the technicals, Longo stepped to the foul line and hit six straight free throws to account for Ridgefield's final points. "We lost our heads," Dustin added. "I wasn't very happy about that but we'll deal with the consequences and move on." After Matthew Bartolucci's 3-pointer pushed Ridgefield's margin to 24-6 to open the second period, the Senators showed signs of climbing back into the game. They pulled within 26-15 on Day's 3-pointer with 4:42 left in the half but the Tigers closed the period with an 11-3 spurt to take a 37-18 lead at the intermission. While Longo hit four 3-pointers, Ridgefield's Nick Laudati (15 points) and Matthew Saporito (10) hurt the Senators inside. "This is a signature win for us," McLellan said. "I think what it does is it makes our kids realize how good they can be when we play the right way." In the second half, the Senators came out with more energy, increased their intensity and made a serious run to get back into the game. Three-pointers by Brendan Huertas and Joe Cante Jr. in the final minute of the third quarter pulled McMahon within 52-42 entering the final period, the first the Senators had been within 10 since late in the first period. Another 3-pointer by Huertas 11 seconds into the fourth quarter sliced Ridgefield's lead to 52-45. The Senators, however, got no closer as the Tigers put away the victory with a 9-0 run over the next three minutes. Landati's layup it made it 61-45 with 4:57 remaining, and the Tigers could breath easier.. "Ridgefield's a solid team," Dustin said. "They're big and can shoot so if we don't bring our intensity, it's going to be very difficult to beat a team like that is well-coached." The Senators will look to get back on Friday when they host Bridgeport Central (7 p.m.) and reach the mid-point of the season..