Tahj Eaddy led three scorers in double figures, sending the Notre Dame of West Haven basketball team to a 61-35 victory over Shelton High at Murray Gymnasium on Friday night.
Patrick Doyle added 11 points off the bench and Karim Cisse had 10 for the Green Knights, who buried the Gaels under 41 second-half points.
Christian Federici led Shelton with a game-high 13 points, keeping the Gaels within striking distance by scoring eight points in the first half.
The Gaels trailed 20-13 at the break, and Notre Dame seized control of the game with a 15-5 run to open the third quarter.
Eaddy accounted for eight points during the stretch, including an old-fashioned three-point play and a 3-pointer from the wing off of an offensive rebound.
Cisse’s layup made it 35-18 with 2:14 left in the period, but Matt Terrasi (nine points) sank a 3-pointer from the left corner to get the Gaels within 35-21 at the 1:30 mark.
Doyle then closed the quarter with a jumper and a crushing 3-pointer with two seconds left to stake the Green Knights (13-7) to a 40-21 lead heading into the final frame.
Colmore Lewis’s basket and a 3-pointer from Cisse pushed the ND margin to 45-21 with 6:51 left to play, before Federici answered with a layup in the paint.
Shelton had a chance to further cut into its deficit from the foul line, but missed miss four straight from the stripe. Overall, the Gaels made just 15 of their 31 free throws, while Notre Dame was 4-of-5.
Green Knight guard Lonnie Blackwell then scored on back-to-back possessions on the heels of Shelton’s missed foul shots, stretching Notre Dame’s lead to 49-23 with 4:27 left to play.
Justin Lynch knocked down a 3-pointer for the Gaels, but the Green Knights kept their lead over 20 points the rest of the way.
In the regular-season finale on Monday night, Shelton dropped a 63-56 decision to visiting Cheshire High (14-6).
Andrew Yamin led the Rams with a game-high 22 points, while Collin Jordan added 14 and Reid Duglenski 10.
Patrick Murphy scored 15 points for the Gaels, with Terrasi and Federici chipping in 12 apiece. Freshman guard Jeff Stockmal had eight points.
Shelton (9-11) is seeded No. 12 in the SCC tournament and will open play at fifth-seeded Guilford High (16-4) tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.
The winner advances to square off with fourth-seeded Wilbur Cross (15-5) on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. at Branford High.