Boys basketball: Stockmal, Gaels fend off Lyman Hall

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Luis Vega blocks a shot for Shelton in its 65-61 win over Lyman Hall on Friday night. (Mike Suppe)

Jeff Stockmal scored a team-high 18 points, hitting 15-of-16 free throws, to help Shelton High hold off a cagey Lyman Hall squad, 65-61, on Friday night in an SCC Housatonic Division matchup at Murray Gymnasium.

With the victory, the Gaels (6-3) won their sixth game in a row and improved to 3-0 in the Division.

Lyman Hall fell to 1-8, 0-3 in the Housy.

The Trojans battled back from a 13-point second-half deficit, tying the game at 58 on Brendon O’Connell’s layup with 1:52 left. Shelton then closed the game on a 7-3 run, with Matt Terrasi and Stockmal combining to go 5-for-6 from the line.

Joe Wojtasik knocked down a 3-pointer for the Trojans with 5.8 seconds left, but Terrasi (15 points) sank two foul shots with 4.7 seconds left to secure the win for Shelton. Overall, the Gaels made 11-of-13 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter.

Justin Brown poured in a game-high 23 points for Lyman Hall, including 18 in the second half, and Wojtasik added 16. Chris Ames chipped in with 15 points, as the Trojans dropped their third straight game.

The Gaels opened the game on a 12-4 run, capped by Stockmal’s lone field goal of the game — a 3-pointer — with 3:26 left in the first quarter. The Trojans hung tough, embarking on a 13-5 run over the next nine minutes.

Wojtasik then tied it at 17 with a brace of free throws with 2:40 left in the first half, but senior co-captain Jake Camp came off the bench to score five points in a 10-0 Shelton flurry to open up a 27-17 Gael advantage at the break.

Terrasi nailed a 3-pointer to open up the third period, with two free throws from Stockmal giving Shelton its largest lead of the game at 32-19. Lyman Hall responded with a 23-9 burst, taking the lead of Brown’s old-fashioned three-point play with 62 seconds left in the third.

A free throw from Terrasi and a layup from Casey Belade (10 points), off a Stockmal assist, put Shelton back ahead heading into the final stanza and the Gaels never trailed the rest of the way.

Shelton hosts Cheshire (6-3) on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

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