‘They’re a Very Special Group’: New Canaan Basketball Falls to Ridgefield in FCIAC Semis

For more than 26 minutes Tuesday’s FCIAC semifinal showdown between Ridgefield and New Canaan lived up to its billing and looked to be a fitting sequel to the previous meeting between these two teams 20 days ago—a double-overtime win for the Rams. 

Unfortunately for New Canaan, a storybook ending was not in the script this time around. The top-seeded Tigers outscored New Canaan 16-4 over the final 5:15 en route to a 62-49 win. With the win, Ridgefield advanced to the FCIAC finals for the third consecutive year and will try for a three-peat against Westhill. Meanwhile the Rams, who came into the tournament as the No. 5 seed will wait another year to seek their first FCIAC title since the 1968-69 season.

‘We Played With Pride Tonight’: Magnus Leads New Canaan over Wilton in FCIAC Quarterfinals

Willis Reed. Most basketball fans know the name and the moment associated with it. In Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Championship, the injured New York Knicks captain—barely able to walk and not expected to play with a torn thigh muscle—shocked the Los Angeles Lakers and when he emerged for pregame warmups. Reed then electrified the Madison Square Garden crowd and his teammates by sinking his first two shots of the game. The Knicks went on to win the game and the championship.

‘Survive and Advance’: New Canaan Basketball Nets FCIAC Playoff Win Over Norwalk

On the second anniversary of its first state championship in 57 years the New Canaan boys basketball team took one step closer to its goal of winning its first FCIAC championship in 52 years. The No. 5 Rams knocked off 12th-seeded Norwalk 41-33 Tuesday night in the First Round of the FCIAC playoffs. New Canaan advanced to Friday’s Quarterfinals where they will meet No. 4 Wilton, a team that handed the Rams two of its three losses this season.

Wilson Scores 23, Leads New Canaan Over Stamford

On a night when they honored players from their present, the New Canaan Rams got a glimpse into their future. And if Blake Wilson’s performance in Thursday’s 56-44 Senior Night win over Stamford is any indication, the future is blindingly bright for the Rams.

The New Canaan sophomore scored a team-high 23 points to lead the Rams back from an 11-point third quarter deficit. New Canaan outscored the Black Knights 39-18 in the second half to improve to 9-2 on the season with one regular season game left at Wilton this Saturday. Stamford ended the regular season at 2-10. 

“I’m running out of things to say about Blake,” New Canaan head coach Danny Melzer said. “What he did really well tonight was go to the offensive glass.

New Canaan Basketball Gets Defensive in 40-28 Win Over Norwalk

Before the 2021 season began, Danny Melzer talked about the resilience of the New Canaan boys basketball team – how even if things didn’t go their way, the Rams would somehow respond and find their way. 

And as they have all season long, the Rams made their coach look like a prophet Monday night at Norwalk High School. New Canaan overcame some offensive struggles and the absence of injured senior co-captain and leading scorer Leo Magnus with a stellar defensive performance, holding the Bears to just nine first half points en route to a 40-28 win. “We made plays when we needed to and made stops when we needed to,” Melzer told NewCanaanite.com. “When you do that on the road, sometimes you have to survive and advance and that’s what we did. I was proud of that.