NEW MILFORD — Cameron Cunningham did everything he could to keep the Green Wave in the game and extend the team’s recent roll.

But the senior’s 39 points, including seven 3-pointers, weren’t enough in New Milford’s 84-79 loss to Notre Dame-Fairfield last Friday night.

“He put us on his back and carried us,” New Milford coach Wayne Thrall said of Cunningham. “Unfortunately, it was just due to a couple bad possessions on our part down the stretch that cost us an opportunity to win this one.”

Up 79-76 with 31 seconds remaining, the Lancers got a bit of a break when the Green Wave’s inbound pass near midcourt was easily intercepted.

Giovanni Cagnazzo sank both of his ensuing free throws to give Notre Dame-Fairfield an 81-76 lead with 20 seconds left.

“It’s really big,” said Cagnazzo, who had a team-high 25 points and hit five treys. “We’re really concentrating on the playoffs. We have to get all the wins that we can.”

With his team down 82-76, Cunningham drilled a 3-pointer for the last of his 39 points to close New Milford to within three.

Down three, the Green Wave fouled Colin Burke with 4.7 seconds to go, but he made both of his shots from the line, sealing the victory for the Lancers.

Notre Dame-Fairfield (16-2) got off to a fast start, building a 10-0 lead and also embarking on an 11-0 run later in the first quarter en route to taking a 28-12 advantage into the second.

“This was a great test,” said Notre Dame-Fairfield’s Jordan Pettway, who had 22 points. “We’re getting ready for student sections in states. It’s always crazy. All my four years have been crazy, so we’re getting ready for it — getting ready for states and SWCs.”

New Milford (8-11) tied the game in the third quarter when Nicholas Peixoto sank a jumper to knot the score at 49-49, but Notre Dame-Fairfield’s Noreaga Davis gave his team the lead for good with a put-back for the 51- 49 edge.

“We came into the season with high expectations,” Thrall said. “We expected to be able to play with these guys, and we got off to a lethargic start. I’m proud of the way they came back over the last three quarters. In my mind, they went toe-to-toe with one of the better teams in the league.”

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NOTRE DAME-FAIRFIELD 84, NEW MILFORD 79

Notre Dame-Fairfield

28 17 19 20 — 84

New Milford

12 22 26 19 — 79

Notre Dame-Fairfield (16-2): Jordan Pettway 7 1-2 22; Jess McIntosh 8 3-4 21; Colin Burke 2 4-5 8; Noreaga Davis 5 3-4 13; Giovanni Cagnazzo 8 4-4 25; Thomas Gerling 0 0-0 0; Damion Medwinter 0 0-2 0; Anthony Mongillo 0 0-0 0; Charles Clemons 0 0-0 0. Totals: 30 15-21 84.

New Milford (8-11): Cam Cunningham 13 6-7 39; Christopher Gesualdi 1 0-0 2; Shane Fedigan 2 1-2 7; Max Vaughey 1 0-0 3; Matt Brevard 2 0-0 5; Reese Zimmerman 2 0-2 4; Nicholas Peixoto 9 1-1 19. Totals: 30 8-14 79.

3-pointers: NDF—Cognazzo 5, Pettway 3, McIntosh 2; NM—Cunningham 7, Fedigan 2, Vaughey, Brevard.