Weston boys cagers beat Oxford
Updated 2:12 am, Friday, January 6, 2012
Although it was not the team's best performance of the season, the Weston boys basketball team welcomed 2012 with a resounding 74-54 home win over Oxford Tuesday.
The Trojans trailed 10-9 after one quarter but embarked on a 13-2 run in the second quarter to take the lead. However, the game remained close and Weston led by only four at the break, 26-22. In the third quarter, the Trojans extended their lead against the Oxford Wolverines and led 46-35 after three quarters. A basket by Lee-Tyson off a no-look assist from Dammen-Brower brought the crowd to its feet.
And though the lead kept increasing from the second quarter on, the 20-point margin of victory was Weston's largest lead of the night.
However, first year coach Mike Hvizdo was less than thrilled with the way his team performed. He said he was disappointed with an uncharacteristic lack of intensity for much of the game, especially on the part of the team's man-defense.
"We came out flat and with low energy, and didn't play our usual intense basketball on both ends of the court until late in the second half," Hvizdo said. "I feel like if we had come out and played the basketball I know we're capable of from the get-go, we would have won this game by 40 or 50 points."
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Junior shooting guard Charlie DiPasquale returned after missing one game because of the flu, came off the bench, and brought a much-needed energy to the Trojans throughout the game, leading the way with nine points in the first half alone.
"Charlie's an energy guy and that definitely helped," Hvizdo said, "but overall we were definitely lacking."
DiPasquale said, "We kind of just went through the motions and let Oxford hang around. It would have been better if we could have played up to our potential and beaten this team by a lot more. We played poor defense that kept Oxford in the game, and we had too many unnecessary turnovers."
Plagued by foul trouble throughout the game, Weston was able to rely on its depth to maintain an 11-man rotation in which eight players scored.
Four Trojans reached double digits, led by Dammen-Brower and DiPasquale with 16 apiece. Senior captain Lyle Mitchell chipped in 10 points in addition to nine rebounds, while senior captain Max Molinsky finished with 11 points, six rebounds, six assists, and four steals. Lee-Tyson had a team-high eight assists and five steals.
Mitchell is currently averaging a double-double on the season.
Oxford senior guard Tyler Gruttadauria led all players with 18 points.
Weston plays at a strong Masuk squad today and heads to Bethel next Tuesday.
"If we play like we did against Masuk, we'll lose the game," Hvizdo said.
He's cofident that Weston will pick up its game and said, "We're back in the swing of things. We have to get our energy back tomorrow in practice, and I believe we'll get back to how we were playing pre-break."