Pomperaug tops Weston boys hoops
Barely thirty-six hours after a heartbreaking one-point loss to Brookfield, the Weston boys basketball team lost 65-50 at Pomperaug Friday.
"Pomperaug is one of the best teams in the state and they showed us why tonight," said Trojan head coach Ryan Errico. "They've been playing together for four years and they are a solid team in every way."
The Panthers (13-4) have one of the top players in the state in 6-8 senior center-forward Andre Makris who led the Panthers with 26 points including four three-point shots from long range.
"Their guard play is spectacular which opens up the game for Makris and the other big men," added Errico.
Weston's senior forward and scoring leader, Cole Roseman (22 points), was held in check on three-point attempts by the tall and rangy Makris. The Trojans other top scorer, Justin Mettel was held to 13 points despite his slashing drives to the basket.
Weston (5-11) started the game with its high pressure full court defense pursuing the Panthers who had little trouble bringing the ball up the court. The Panthers play a three-guard offense that proved too quick for the inexperienced Trojans.
The game stayed close throughout the first half with Pomperaug taking a five-point lead into the locker room, 31-26. Every time Weston would pull within a point or two, Makris would step out and drain a three-pointer to shut down the Trojan run.
The third quarter proved to be the deciding one for Weston as the Panthers stepped up their defense and scoring highlighted by a spectacular `ally-oop' dunk by Makris on a perfect feed from senior guard Brent Pelella.
With Makris sitting out most of the fourth quarter the Panthers cruised to a comfortable 15-point victory, 65-50.
Weston has three games left after playing at Kolbe Cathedral last night after press time. The Trojans need to win three games in order to make the Class M tournament.
Following its game with Kolbe, Weston hosts Stratford Friday, plays at Immaculate next Monday and hosts Joel Barlow next Wednesday.