Basketball: Gaels qualify for states

The Shelton High boys’ basketball team put four players in double figures and outscored visiting Amity Regional, 35-22, in the second half on Friday night to earn a 69-55 Southern Connecticut Conference Housatonic League win over the Spartans.

Shelton, which now has an overall won-lost record of 8-7, earned a trip into next month’s CIAC Class LL tournament with the win in a game played on Coaches versus Cancer Night in Shelton.

In an earlier game, the Amity girls’ basketball team defeated Shelton, 50-35, as part of a doubleheader.

Sophomore guard Jeff Stockmal paced the Gaels  with 25 points including three, 3-pointers while junior guard Matt Terrassi added 17 points. Jack Gleason added 12 and Casey Belade had 11.

Justin Lynch had 12 rebounds along with eight assists.

Amity, behind a strong 20-point second quarter and four 3-pointers from Matt Ronai (14 points) closed the scored to 34-33 at halftime.

But the Gaels, using a running offense which produced 17 fast-break baskets, opened the game up in the second half.

“Jeff (Stockmal) has fit in nicely with our offense,” said Shelton coach Brian Gardiner. “We’re not an overly big team and we don’t shoot the threes all that well, so we need to play an up-tempo offense.”

For Amity, now 3-12, junior forward Chris Winkel had 18 points and 12 rebounds.