Madison, N.J.- Madison has always been a second half team according to Sean Haughey.
Never was it more evident in Madison’s 69-45 win over Boonton, as the Dodgers used a 26-point third quarter to bury Boonton for their fourth win of the season.
“We always enter the first half down a little bit, but always find a way to come out strong in the second,” Haughey said. “We came out and started hitting our shots and as a result our defense picked up.”
Boonton took control early in the first quarters, as the Bombers would hit four of six three point attempts in the opening period, with Chris D’Vanzo leading the charge with 10 points. Joe McCabe also hit two triples to aid the Bomber effort and help Boonton capture a 19-13 lead after the first quarter.
Coach Mike Radzieski was not pleased with how his team came out.
“We knew D’Vanzo was a shooter and Sammy Asani was a driver but we didn’t execute the scouting report and it hurt us,” Radzieski said.
Madison steadied themselves and cut down the Bomber’s nine point lead to three as the half ended, thanks to the bench play of Tim Azzolini and Peyton Heck. Heck came in and scored nine points, all of which came on three pointers.
Radzieski noted the spark and was impressed by the two young guards.
“Tim (Azzolini) is only a freshman and he started a bunch for us earlier and is still bouncing back from an illness,” Radzieski said. “Peyton hasn’t played a lot having been on JV, but he came in today on varsity and really played well. It helped his confidence and helped the spirit of our team as well.”
Madison opened the third quarter by adding onto their 6-0 run that ended the second quarter.
The Dodgers hit all five of their three point attempts in the quarter and finished the quarter on a 32-2 scoring run.
Haughey and Devin Koep led the charge for the Dodgers, as Haughey caught fire and scored 13 of his game-high 21 points during the streak. He also went perfect from the three-point line hitting all four of his attempts. Devin Koep provided a spark by scoring all eight of his points during the offensive explosion.
The Dodgers led 54-33 after three quarters and lead by as many as 30 points in the fourth quarter before Boonton got some baskets late to see the game end 69-45 in favor of the Dodgers.
Radzieski was happy with the win but knows that there is still some fine tuning to do.
“Our guys never gave up, but when we play other teams like Hanover Park or Chatham who are more mature, it will be a lot tougher to get ourselves out of a big deficit,” he said.
Gavin Wallace chipped in with 12 points, while Azzolini and Heck finished with nine points each to aid the Dodgers efforts.
D’Vanzo finished with 17 points while backcourt mate Sammy Asani chipped in with 14 points.