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Thrilling Win For Boys' Basketball Team



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Update: Due to schools being closed on Friday, January 5, the game against Masuk has been moved to Saturday, January 6, at 2 pm, according to the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. It will take place at Newtown High. Please check back for updates as game times sometimes change.

Newtown High School's boys' basketball team came from behind for a nail-biting 50-48 win at New Milford on January 3.

"Great character win tonight. We were down primarily the whole game but no more than five points," Newtown Coach Tim Tallcouch said.

Trailing by three points with four minutes left in the contest, the Nighthawks outscored the Green Wave 10-5 to come out on top in a thriller.

The Hawks improved to 4-1.

Robert DiSibio led Newtown with 13 points, Evan Eggleston and Ryan Escoda both scored nine, Todd Petersen dropped in eight, and Riley Ward added six. Shea Talbot and Nick Weiland added three and two, respectively.

Escoda and Ward combined for five of Newtown's seven shots from behind the 3-point arc.

The Hawks were 5-for-6 from the foul line, making most their free throws down the stretch.

Weiland pulled down eight rebounds, Petersen had seven, DiSibio six, Talbot five, and Eggleston four. Weiland tacked on four assists and two shot blocks.

Newtown trailed 8-7 after one quarter, 21-17 at the half, and 34-32 heading to the fourth before outscoring the Wave 18-14 in the final stanza.

"Character building win on the road in front of a packed and loud student section. Defensively, Eggleston and Ward shut down their two top scorers. Clutch Baskets by DiSibio, Weiland, Petersen down the stretch along with a huge 4-for-4 from the line in crunch time by Petersen and Eggleston. Ryan Escoda's three 3-pointers were needed to loosen up the New Milford Defense and Shea Talbot gave us critical minutes when Petersen and Disibio were taking a break," Tallcouch said.

The Nighthawks host Masuk of Monroe on Saturday January 6, beginning at 2 pm.

Shea Talbot looks to pass during action at home this winter. Newtown won at New Milford on January 3 and will return home Friday, January 5 to take on Masuk at 7 pm. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
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