STAMFORD, Conn. – Stamford High School meets Bassick Friday in Norwalk for the Paul Kuczo Holiday Tournament championship as all three boys basketball teams from the city hit the courts.
Westhill meets host Brien McMahon in the Kuczo consolation game, while Trinity Catholic heads to the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport to meet MacArthur of New York.
Stamford coach Dan Melzer picked up the first win of his coaching career on Wednesday, a 45-38 victory over McMahon. Evans Antoine scored 20 points for the Black Knights (1-4) and Kenny Wright added 13.
Melzer, a former Stamford hoops star, played under former coach Jim Moriarty, whom he replaced in July when Moriarty stepped down to become the school’s athletic director. Melzer graduated from Stamford High in 2001.
Stamford will meet Bassick (5-0) in the championship game at 7 p.m. at McMahon. Bassick beat Westhill, 78-60, in the opening round Wednesday. The Vikings (4-1) meet the Senators (0-5) at 5 p.m.
Trinity Catholic (4-0) plays LaSalle Academy of New York on at 6 p.m. Thursday at Harbor Yard before meeting MacArthur on Friday, also at 6. The Crusaders have gotten off to an impressive start with wins over Harding, Bridgeport Central, Norwalk and Greenwich. The latter three have lost just once this season.
The Crusaders are led by senior guard Schadrac Casimir, who scored 50 points in a 89-81 double overtime win over Greenwich. Casimir is averaging 32.3 points per game.