Hall junior James DeCrisantis made four 3-pointers in a comeback effort for the Warriors.
By Marlon Pitter
The Hall High School boys’ basketball team cut a 10-point deficit down to three points late in the fourth quarter but fell 50-45 to Farmington at home in West Hartford on Monday night.
Hall junior James DeCrisantis led the Warriors with 14 points and made four 3-pointers – including three in the final 38 seconds of the game – to help the Warriors trim a late Farmington lead.
DeCrisantis made the Warriors’ final basket, a 3-pointer with 14.1 seconds left, to cut Hall’s deficit to 48-45 before Farmington junior Makhi Hawkins closed the game out by making two free throws with 13.4 seconds left to play.
The game was a defensive struggle early for both teams, but Hall head coach Bryan Moretti said spurts of miscues derailed the team’s performance.
“The last two minutes of the first half and a two-minute stretch in the third quarter … That just killed us, those little stretches,” Moretti said. “Besides that, I thought we played okay.”
The Warriors and Indians combined for 14 total points in the first quarter with a score of 7-7 after eight minutes of play.
Leading 16-10 with 3:02 left in the second quarter, Hall was poised to take a lead into halftime before consecutive turnovers led to fast break opportunities for Farmington. The Indians went on a 9-0 run and took a 19-16 lead into the half.
The Warriors tied the game three times in the second half but never regained the lead in the contest.
Hawkins led the way for Farmington with 14 points, while 6-foot-5 freshman Bube Monah dominated off the bench, scoring 11 second-half points. Junior Zachary Ellovich also scored in double figures for Hall, chipping in 10 points, including two 3-pointers.
Farmington went 9-of-13 from the free throw line, while Hall made five of its nine attempts.
“I’m proud of the way the kids played so far, but we’re still 0-2,” Moretti said.
The Warriors remain at home in West Hartford to face Simsbury High School on Friday night at 6:45 p.m.
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