Newtown cages Weston
The Weston High School boys basketball team couldn't get more than a shot -- with exception of some free throws -- to fall in the fourth quarter of the consolation game of the Staples Holiday Tournament last Wednesday. The result was a frustrating, yet encouraging, 48-41 setback to Newtown.
The Trojans, despite the loss, were pleased with their effort following what they felt was a sloppy tourney opener defeat to Staples two days early.
Weston was hoping to salvage the consolation game and get back on the winning track after its first setback following a 2-0 start to the season.
"It was very disappointing," Cole Rosemann said of coming out of the tournament empty-handed. "I think we played very well today compared to the game with Staples."
Rosemann, who led Weston with 15 points and was selected to the all-tournament team, added that the Trojans did a good job of protecting the ball in this defeat. Dennis Levene, who scored eight, pointed out that it was a close game from start to finish.
"We couldn't get over the hump," Levene said.
Weston led 13-10 after one quarter of play, trailed 27-24 at the half and was behind by just four points entering the fourth quarter. The Trojans were limited to no field goals and made five free throws in the first 7:30 of the eight minute fourth quarter. Down 46-38, Levene sank a 3-pointer from straight on to make the score 46-41 with 27 seconds remaining and gave the Trojans a little bit of late-game hope but that was as close as they would get.
Newtown had built a 43-32 advantage before Weston chipped away at the free throw line to get to within 43-38 with 1:21 left. The Trojans applied a full-court press but Newtown broke the press and sealed the win at the foul line.
Max Molinsky scored eight points, Jeff Evanier had four and three other Trojans chipped in with two apiece. The Trojans, though, just couldn't get enough shots to fall in this contest.
"Personally, I had a lot of shots just rim out," Levene said. "Team-wise, we played pretty good defense."
Levene added that the Trojans should be able to win most nights when they allow opponents fewer than 50 points.
Despite the loss, Weston coach Ryan Errico walked out of the Staples gymnasium with a much better feeling than he did two nights earlier.
"I thought we bounced back well. I was pleased with the effort tonight," Errico said. "We're putting ourselves in tough positions by not finishing the opportunities we get. If we make the shots we're going to win games."