WALLINGFORD — The inside-out duo of Kevin Ransom and Cam Regan powered the Lyman Hall basketball to a 65-62 victory over Sheehan at the Schipke Gymnasium on Monday night.
LH (7-12) made all of the big plays down the stretch. The victory was also significant in keeping Lyman Hall’s playoff hopes alive. The Trojans need a win over Branford in their season finale on Wednesday night to qualify.
“This is one of the best feelings in the world,” Regan said. “It was a roller coaster. It made for a great game. I love it. It’s great in a game like this.”
Ransom made two huge hoops down the stretch en route to a team-high 20 points.
“Kevin is clutch,” Lyman Hall coach Rob Ruys said. “He’s a senior and he has 940 career points now. We need these tournament games to get 1,000 for him. That’s a little bit of motivation for the team. It’s the last home game for him and Pat Doherty. It’s a nice way for them to go out.”
Sheehan led 28-26 at the half. The Trojans started the second half on a 10-0 run with Ransom and Regan leading the way. Regan erased a halftime deficit with a old-fashioned 3-point play to put the Trojans up 29-28.
That play ignited the crowd as the Trojans started to thrive in transition. A Ransom layup off a Shakespeare Rodriguez steal kept it going. Then Ransom drilled a trey and Regan followed with a deuce in the paint.
Joe Gaetano called a timeout to slow the LH momentum. Jack McDonnell, who canned a team-high 19 points, responded with a corner trey as the Titans erased that deficit with a 12-4 run to knot the game back up, 40-40.
Kris Jackson (8 points) and Caden Cloutier (10 points) had treys during that run.
McDonnell continued to make his presence know in the fourth quarter. He canned back-to-back 3's as the Titans bolted to a 46-42 lead
A Cloutier jumper put Sheehan up 48-42 before a 6-0 spurt by LH over 1:02 tied the contest again.
The rivals went back and forth throughout the fourth quarter. They were tied at 54-54. Ransom got loose in transition and converted on a layup and was then fouled. He swished the trey.
Following a Sheehan miss, Ranson got a pass in the paint and hit a leaner to put the Trojans back up 59-56.
From that point, the Titans couldn’t hit the 3 they needed and the Trojans hit their foul shots down the stretch to seal it.
Sheehan was 10-for-15 from the line. The Trojans were 24-33 from the charity stripe.
The Titans now have dropped six in a row and 10 of 11 to fall to 5-12. Sheehan needs to win all three of its final games to make the postseason.
Sheehan won the first meeting between the two schools at home, 73-71, on Jan. 6.
This game started great for the Titans. They made their first eigth shots spilling into the second quarter.
Sophomore Garrett Molampy added 17 points for the Titans.
“I’m really proud of my guys,” Sheehan coach Joe Gaetano said. “We’re young and inexperienced. We play hard. But give Lyman Hall credit. They were down and they came back with their backs against the ball.”
LH also had strong games from Austin Ruiz (12 points) and Jacob Ranney (9).
“We have great athletes and they have great athletes,” Ruys said. “Whenever we play, it’s going to be a battle. The first one was heartbreaker for us. It made us want it even more. Home floor was huge. Molampy and Jack are phenomenal player for their age. They were go-to guys. Very impressive. They have great careers ahead of them.”
Ransom said the Trojans really wanted this one.
“I’m over the moon with this win,” Ransom said, .”It’s great to beat Sheehan and having a win like that.I was just really happy tonight.”