McAleer’s steal, halfcourt buzzer-beater delivers New Canaan over Stamford

The New Canaan Rams and some of their fans celebrate on the court after beating Stamford 52-49 at New Canaan High School on Thursday, Jan. 10. — Dave Stewart/Hearst Connecticut Media photo

NEW CANAAN — Danny Melzer typically doesn’t celebrate at the end of basketball games. However, following the latest victory for his New Canaan, Melzer made an exception.

Junior Ryan McAleer intercepted a long inbounds pass and then banked in a 3-point shot from halfcourt to give New Canaan a wild 52-49 victory over the Stamford Black Knights in front of a packed house Thursday night at NCHS.

“I celebrated — I never celebrate,” Melzer, the Rams’ head coach, said. “I’ve never done that in my life, but I didn’t know what to do. I wasn’t expecting it to go in. I was thinking we’ve got overtime and then the ball went in. What a great moment.”

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