Boys basketball: Barlow’s missed shots come back to hurt it

Frustration is a word that best describes the feeling the Joel Barlow High boys varsity basketball team had in its game against Newtown last week.

The Falcons took their fair share of shots on Friday, Feb. 1. Making them was a different matter as they fell 57-49 in a key South-West Conference showdown.

“The kids play hard, but we just can’t hit the big shots when needed thus far,” said head coach Matt Whelan.

While the Falcons trailed for much of the first half they always remained within striking distance of their opponent. They were down by just four (27-23) at halftime.

Once again a poor third quarter doomed the Falcons. The Nighthawks extended their lead to 41-32.

Barlow made a run in the fourth quarter with both Liam Rooney (14 points) and Phil Moriber (14 points) scoring to cut into the lead, but it was to little to late  as Newtown went on a 6-0  run to put the game out of reach and in winning its seventh game of the season.

“We need much more balanced scoring if we are going to make a run this season,” said Whelan. “The kids are playing hard, but we need to score.”

As they say in basketball, Good shooting covers a multitude of sins.

Now 5-9 overall and 3-7 in the SWC, Barlow visits Wilcox Tech today (Thursday) for a non-league game, hosts Kolbe-Cathedral on Tuesday and is home to Bridgeport Central for another non-league contest on Wednesday. All games start at 7 p.m.

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