Terryville boys basketball edges rival Thomaston in tightly-contested game

Published on Friday, 14 February 2020 21:15
Written by MATT HORNICK

@MNHornick

TERRYVILLE - The tiny gym at Terryville High School was packed for the Kangaroos’ Friday night matchup with Thomaston. 

The Kangaroos and Bears went back and forth for four quarters before Dominick Dao’s 22 points carried Terryville to a 64-59 win. 

Devonne Dao hit a 3-pointer from the left corner at the start of the fourth quarter to give the Roos a seven-point lead. He made one of his most impactful plays a couple of minutes later when he beat two Thomaston players to a lose ball and found Dylan Matulis under the basket for a layup. 

Matulis drilled a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 11 with five minutes to go. Matulis was in foul trouble for most of the contest, so head coach Mark Fowler had to be restrict Matulis’ time on the floor. 

Brendan Fainer converted an and-one with 1:50 remaining to bring the game within three points and a changing foul called on Devonne Dao gave the Bears the ball in a one-possession contest, they but failed to score. 

Dominick Dao responded with his own and-one off of a difficult scoop layup, before Keegan Daigle’s layup brought the Kangaroos’ lead back to four. 

Both teams came out of the halftime break with less energy on offense. The Bears were slightly more successful scoring and Ty Harkness tied the game at 38 with a layup.

The Kangaroos struck back quickly, as Devonne Dao stole a pass that led to an open three for Dominick Dao on the left wing.

That shot started a steak of seven consecutive points for Dominick Dao as he drove the middle of the floor and pulled up for short pumpers on the two ensuing possessions. He closed the quarter with a coast-to-coast layup at the buzzer to put the Kangaroos up by four points.

The Kangaroos took a quick 4-0 lead to begin the game, courtesy of layups from Dominick and Devonne Dao. Devonne’s bucket came off of the first of four stolen passes for Terryville as it played the passing lanes well for easy scores.

Thomaston then rifled off 10 unanswered points, highlighted by three-pointers from Chad Suckley and Isaiah Johnson. 

Terryville faced issues attacking the Bears’ zone defense in the half court, but were able to score on fast breaks to narrow the deficit.

The Kangaroos’ defense tightened down again late in the quarter and forced turnovers that resulted in scoring chances. Devonne Dao put them back in front with a three from the right corner.

Trailing by two early in the second quarter, Zach Rinkavage gave the Kangaroos the lead with his first three of the game. Rinkavage hit his second long-range shot a few possessions later, but not before his brother Jake joined in with his own three. 

Thomaston’s Chad Suckley had answers for most of Terryville’s scoring early in the second period with a pair of difficult layups. He intercepted a cross-court pass from Devonne Dao and went coast-to-coast for an uncontested layup.

The Kangaroos will travel to Litchfield for their next matchup on Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

Matt Hornick can be reached at (860) 973-1811 or



Posted in The Bristol Press, Terryville on Friday, 14 February 2020 21:15. Updated: Friday, 14 February 2020 21:18.