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Darien 7th-Grade Blue Boys Fall in Hoop Title Game

DARIEN, Conn. – The Darien Blue seventh-grade boys basketball team fell just short of its third straight upset in the AA bracket of the Fairfield County Basketball League playoffs Saturday when it lost to Fairfield, 54-53, at Weston High School.

Darien, the No. 7 seed in the tournament, upset No. 2 seed Danbury and No. 3 seed Greenwich to reach the final. Casey Brown scored 18 points for Darien, which finishes the season 18-11. Charlie Sealy added  11, all of them coming in the second half.

“That was a tremendous game,’’ Darien coach Shawn Grant said. “I can’t be more proud of my players. They gave it everything they had and did everything I asked them to do.”

Fairfield guard J.J. Conway delivered the biggest plays of the game in the final minute for the winners. Conway’s three-pointer with 57 seconds left stretched Fairfield’s lead to 53-49. Conway’s steal ended Darien’s final possession, and he was quickly fouled with four seconds left. Darien did not have enough time to get a quality shot off of the rebound.

“We had the pace where we wanted it,’’ Grant said. “We like to play up-tempo. But give Fairfield credit. They’re a good team and they’re deserving champions.”

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