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Weston boys hoops falls to Immaculate

Published 1:26 pm, Monday, February 4, 2013

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  • Immaculate's Mike Scharfenberg drives to the basket while under pressure from Weston's Grant Limone during their game at Immaculate High School in Danbury on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Immaculate won, 63-54. Photo: Jason Rearick / The News-Times
    Immaculate's Mike Scharfenberg drives to the basket while under pressure from Weston's Grant Limone during their game at Immaculate High School in Danbury on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Immaculate won, 63-54. Photo: Jason Rearick

 

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In the final five minutes of the Immaculate boys basketball team's duel with Weston on Friday, Mustangs coach Nelson Mingachos stressed to his team to play hard defense.

His players obviously listened.

The Mustangs followed through and collected a 63-54 win over Weston at home.

Mike Scharfenberg netted 11 second-half points after a scoreless first half, and provided energy on the floor as the Mustangs won their fourth straight (9-6 overall).

"I always try to get my teammates pumped to keep them in the game," said Scharfenberg, whose teammates affectionately call `Scharf'. "Just do the best I can as captain to keep them in the game."

Scharfenberg decided to provide a boost to his team at the most opportune time. After opening up a double-digit advantage in the first half, Immaculate saw its lead shrink to just five points in the third quarter. Through Scharfenberg's offensive and defensive efforts -- and a Nick Gerbo 3-pointer with 3:50 left in the fourth -- the Mustangs were able to hold Weston off.

"We're getting better," Mingachos said. "We're not where we need to be, but everyone's playing well. Nick Gerbo hit that big 3-pointer. Darel Bowman is playing well. ... I think everyone is (understanding) their role of what they need to do."

Joey Wallace led Immaculate with 18 points, 11 of which came in the first half. Wallace only made one field goal in the second half, but he turned into a facilitator to help his team.

"I think Weston did a better job against Joey in the second half," Mingachos said. "So then Joey understood that he needed to find his teammates, which he did, driving hard to the basket and having those nice drop-offs to the big guys for easy buckets."

The Mustangs' ability to drive to the basket helped them pile up 32 free throws compared to Weston's 14.

"They (Immaculate) did a great job," Weston coach Mike Hvizdo said. "They played aggressive. They made a ton of their free throws and they did what they had to do. We just couldn't get over the hump."

From the second quarter to the fourth, Weston and Immaculate scored the same amount of points (45). It was the first quarter -- when Weston was outscored 18-9 -- that put Hvizdo's team in a deep hole.

"We just came out flat," Hvizdo said. "You can't give up 18 points in the first quarter and you can't get behind nine, 10, 12 points in the second quarter. You just can't. We're not the type of team that's used to that. We put ourselves out of the game really early."

Guard Charlie DiPasquale led Weston with 20 points.

"He's a leader. He's our best player. He did what he had to do, but it takes five," Hvizdo said. "We have five games left and that's five games that we can win. We can still make states and we can still make SWCs. We can't take plays off and we took a lot of plays off tonight, unfortunately."

Andre Khatchaturian is a freelance writer

IMMACULATE 63, WESTON 54

WESTON (6-8, 4-5)

Asher Lee-Tyson 4 0-0 10 Ethan Lee-Tyson 1 0-0 3 Erik Dammen-Brower 2 0-0 4 Grant Limone 2 4-4 8 Charlie DiPasquale 7 5-8 20 Matt Gurman 0 0-0 0 Pascal Arvoy 0 0-0 0 Troy Flynn 0 1-2 1 Matt Folger 4 0-0 8 Brian Cass 0 0-0 0 Julian Bombart 0 0-0 0 Jordan Schaffer 0 0-0 0 Morgan Roseman 0 0-0 0 Totals: 20 10-14 54.

IMMACULATE (9-6, 6-4)

Nick Gerbo 4 2-3 12 Darel Bowman 3 4-6 11 Mike Scharfenberg 3 5-6 11 Shane Raymond 2 2-2 7 Joey Wallace 4 9-11 18 Jaden Martin 0 0-0 0 Darius Smith 1 2-4 4 CJ Espinal 0 0-0 0 Dakarai Esgadaille 0 0-0 0 John Cartagena 0 0-0 0 Mike Woods 0 0-0 0 Rickey Kerins 0 0-0 0 Totals: 17 24-32 63.

WESTON 9 12 11 22 -- 54

IMMACULATE 18 13 13 19 -- 63

3-pointers: W -- A. Lee-Tyson 2, E. Lee-Tyson, DiPasquale. I -- Gerbo 2 Bowman, Raymond, Wallace.

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