Westhill boys basketball edged by Staples
STAMFORD -- Staples boys basketball coach Colin Devine knew heading into this season there were going to be some growing pains, having just one senior on his varsity roster.
But the Wreckers showed they are maturing quickly with a 47-42 road win Tuesday night at Westhill, its second win in its past three games.
Yeager was five of six from the line in the fourth quarter, while junior forward Jake Felman hit all four of his four shots.
"The teams that makes the most foul shots and gets the most layups is generally going to win," Devine said. "We shot the ball well from the foul line and we took care of the basketball."
Staples got off to a slow start, and Westhill seemed to take command of the game in the second period with a 10-0 run after Staples took a 12-9 lead.
Devine said Staples' first-half woes were caused by Westhill pressuring the guards, which took Staples out of its game.
"We're a team that likes to pass the ball and move the ball, but they took us out of our game and the kids responded,' Devine said.
Yeager popped in a pair of 3s to cut the Westhill lead to one, and Staples trailed by two at the half.
The Wreckers opened the second half with a back door layup by Seidman followed by a 3 from Yeager to take a 23-21 lead, and took control with 1:20 left in the third on back-to-back threes by Seidman and junior guard Daniel Scanlon.
"We're just a streaky team," Seidman said. "We needed to come out in the second half and get a good lead. Generally we haven't been able to start off a second half great, but we came out strong and finished on the basket."
While Staples showed signs of growth, Westhill seemed to be heading in the opposite direction.
Though the Vikings had some good individual performances, Westhill head coach Howard White said there was no sense of teamwork from his squad.
"We're not playing as a team at all. I don't know how to look at it or how to address it, all I know is we have to clean it up and clean it up now," White said. "In this league you have to come out and play like a team every night, and if we don't it's going to be a long season."
White did not want to single out any players, but added that he needed to show his team the game film as soon as possible so they can see what he means by not playing as a team.
"With the talent that we have, we shouldn't allow a team to slow the ball up against us and not be able to attack a zone," White said. "They need to see what's going on. It's not about pointing fingers it's about working through what we need to work through together."