Boys basketball: Shelton Gaels lose to Foran High

Peri Basimakopoulos made five 3-pointers for the Gaels. — David G. Whitham photo

The Shelton High boys basketball team did what it has done all season — battle hard for four quarters.

On Thursday it wasn’t enough, as Foran High posted a 63-57 victory over the visiting Gaels in Milford on Senior Night.

Coach Brian Gardiner’s Gaels trailed the Lions, who made four 3-pointers down the stretch, 21-13 after one quarter. Peri Basimakopoulos made a pair of 3-pointers in the frame, and Brian Berritto had three assists.

Basimakopoulos (21 points) connected on two treys, and Kevin Belden made four free throws, but Foran (10-8) took a 35-27 lead into the half.

Shelton switched to a man defense, and that sparked the locals in the third quarter when they went on a 21-9 run to take a 48-44 lead after three periods.

Matt Hunyadi’s drop-step bucket after an entry pass from Belden tied the game at 41.

Berritto next found Brian Belade on the wing for a 3-pointer to give Shelton a 44-43 lead with two minutes remaining in the quarter.

Basimakopoulos (21 points) made a wing-jumper, before Berritto’s seventh assist resulted in a Martin Dominguez basket and a four-point lead.

A steal by Dominguez led to a run-out hoop by Berritto (10 points) for a six-point edge.

Foran started making free throws and Shelton (3-16) had a cold run of shooting.

Belden’s two free throws ended a 10-0 run by Foran.

Belade nailed a wing 3-pointer to put Shelton back in front at 55-54 with 2:13 remaining.

Foran regained the edge on a Tyler Heenan drive, and Shelton had three cracks at a basket on the next possession but couldn’t get the ball to drop.

The Lions made 12-of-14 free throws in the stanza, including 7-of-8 in the final minute to maintain their advantage.

Shelton

Brian Berritto 4 2-3 10  Matt Hunyadi  2 2-2 7  Kevin Beiden 1 4-4 6 Peri Basimakopoulos  7 2-2 21  Will Ciccone 1 1-2 3 Brian Belade 3 0-0 8  Martin Dominguez 1 0-0 2

Totals: 19 11-13 57

Foran

Tyler Heenan 2 3-8 8  Mark Wootton 0 1-2 1 Victor Rios 4 6-6 16 Matt Cruz 5 8-10 20 John Shannon 2 0-0 5 Todd Gentley 3 7-9 13

Totals: 16 25-31 63

Shelton 13 14 21 9 – 57

Foran    21 14 9 19 – 63

3-pointers: S—Hunyadi, Basimakopoulos 5, Belade 2; F—Heenan, Rios 2, Cruz 2, Shannon.

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