(Submitted by Jennifer Taylor)
In a basketball battle between two Newtown fourth-grade teams, the White Mavericks came back from five points down at the half to beat the Blue Mavericks, 17-13, Saturday at the .
Kyle Good led the White Mavs with seven points and nine rebounds. Jack Mulligan and Jack Kuligowski chipped in four a piece. Kyle Sullivan and Sammy Eppers had strong play at point guard, while Jack Lydon, Charlie Eppers and Max Wrage played solid defense and combined for 12 rebounds.
Josh Taylor led the Blue Mavs offense with eight points. Nick Kalra and Keenan Murphy each tossed in two, while Liam Murphy connected for one at the foul line.
Joey Rios and Taylor were strong on the boards, combining for more than 12 rebounds. Dillon Robinson was relentless on defense, snatching a rebound and making a crucial steal. Kieran Coffey, Zach Droukas, and Drew Mitchell kept up the defensive pressure, holding the White Mavs offense to just four points in the first half.
The White Mavs offense sprang back in the second half to overcome the scoring deficit and secure the win.
New Canaan, Easton prove too much for Mavericks
New Canaan handed the White Mavs their first loss of the season, 32-23, Sunday at Jonathan Law High School in Milford.
Jack Mulligan led the White Mavs with 12 points and eight rebounds. Kyle Good and Patrick Oberstadt combined for 11 rebounds. Jack Lydon, Kyle Sullivan and Jack Kuligowski ran the point and had multiple assists. Sammy Eppers and Charlie Eppers, along with Max Wrage, contributed on both ends of the court.
Later that afternoon in Milford, the Blue Mavs lost to Easton, 24-18.
In a game that was close through the final quarter, Joey Rios led the offense with nine points, six from underneath and three at the foul line. Nick Kalra hit two jump shots and Keenan Murphy connected for one, adding six points, while Josh Taylor put up three for the Blue Mavs offense.
Rios brought down 16 rebounds, while Kieran Coffey and Zach Droukas combined for five and Murphy grabbed six. Taylor added five rebounds and six steals for the Blue Mavs defense. Dillon Robinson and Drew Mitchell kept the pressure on the Easton offense, while Liam Murphy had two assists and worked to create scoring opportunities for the Blue Mavs through the final minutes of the game.
The White Mavs, led by Bob Lydon and Paul Sullivan, are 9-1 and the Blue Mavs, led by Mike Murphy and Matt Murphy, are 4-5 at midseason. Both teams hit the hardcourt this weekend in the hopes of improving their records.