Errico's game plan guides Trojans to victory
Published 1:04 am, Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The Weston boys basketball team put it all together on Saturday night and crushed the visiting Oxford Wolverines, 84-54 and raised its record to 7-3. Oxford dropped to 1-8.
In a game that was never in doubt for the Trojans, coach Ryan Errico's squad was hitting on all cylinders for 32 minutes. Errico's pre-game report on the Wolverines was that "They're tough and play hard," which is another way of saying that the Trojans would be ready, and they were.
The game opened with senior captain Dennis Levene feeding junior Justin Mettel for two. Seconds later, Levene dropped in two more and the Trojans were off to a 4-0 start in the first few seconds of play.
That rapid fire approach was Weston's game plan as it put on a clinic in fast break offense, quick outlet passes and aggressive penetration for layups. Levene had numerous assists and four points in the first quarter as he took charge of the offense by dishing off to senior captain Andrew Baron and junior Cole Roseman for two; rebounding and putting back another two himself and then making a striking no-look pass to Baron for two more to put Weston up 18-6 with 1:53 left in the quarter. The Trojans closed out the first quarter with a 21-11 lead. Baron and Roseman ked the way with seven and six points, respectively.
Similar to the first quarter with Errico's fast break offense in high gear, the 6-6 Levene led Weston. The Trojan center scored 10 of his game-high 20 points. He hit a three with 6:30 left in the half and was then fouled while connecting on a layup and ultimately, a three-point play.
Not surprisingly, Oxford wouldn't go away just yet as it started some serious penetration of its own and cut the Weston lead to 31-27 with just under two minutes left in the half. Levene and Mettell put an end to that run with two more each and the Trojans ended the first half with a 35-27 lead.
Weston had its highest point production in the third quarter with Rossman and senior Jeff Evanier taking over. The Trojans carried out Errico's game plan to a tee on both ends of the court. All night long, they switched back and forth between their 2-3 zone defense and a pressing man-to-man. Numerous times, the Trojans found teammates for cutting drives and back door passes for baskets. Rossman tallied 12 of his 18 points in the third period while Evanier had seven. Weston led 57-37 after three quarters Sophomore reserves Robin Willis and Matt Keeney also scored in the quarter.
The last quarter was a good example of control basketball by the Trojans. With Levene and most of the other starters either sitting out or shuttling back and forth, Errico gave his reserves a chance to play. Evanier was kept in as a stabilizing force.
Weston played at Masuk last night after press time and plays at Bethel on Friday at 5:15 p.m. One more win and it qualifies for the Class M tourney.