‘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.

New Canaan Basketball Topples Ridgefield 64-59 

Two days, two wins over previously-undefeated teams. It’s been quite a week so far for the New Canaan Rams boys basketball team. Twenty-four hours after handing Staples its first loss of the year, the Rams took down Ridgefield 64-59 in a tense, exciting game in double-overtime Wednesday night at New Canaan High School. “Both teams threw punches and both teams answered punches,” New Canaan head coach Danny Melzer said. “It was fun to be a part of and obviously more fun being on the winning end. It was a well-played game and I’m proud of everything we did tonight to earn the victory.”

As they have been all season the Rams were gritty, patient and resilient, never panicking nor letting the game get too far out of reach.

New Canaan Boys Basketball Knocks Off Staples 59-50 

Denis Mulcahy wasn’t a name most FCIAC coaches were familiar with coming into 2021. The New Canaan senior didn’t log too many minutes last season and has mainly been content this year to be a role player – setting bone crushing screens, dominating the glass at both ends of the court, taking charges and diving for loose balls. 

After Tuesday night’s performance against Staples, Mulcahy’s anonymity will be a thing of the past. 

The 6’5” forward was left open for most of the first half and he made the Wreckers pay, scoring 10 of his team-high 18 points on the night and leading New Canaan to a 59-50 road win. “Denis played with such confidence,” New Canaan head coach Danny Melzer said. “He didn’t hesitate and believed in himself. He works so hard on his shot.