WESTPORT -- The Staples High boys basketball team hardly let any possessions go to waste in a season-opening display of dominance on Wednesday evening.

Senior guards Peter Rankowitz and James Frusciante combined for 41 points, fueling a balanced scoring attack as Staples roared past Brien McMahon 73-49.

Four different players scored in double figures for the Wreckers, who piled up 14 assists as a team.

"To be a good basketball team you really have to pass the ball and take care of the basketball," Staples head coach Colin Devine said. "If you can keep the turnovers under 10 ... you're going to be a good team."

By running its half-court offense efficiently and picking apart McMahon in transition, Staples used an 18-0 run from late first quarter into the second to storm ahead 35-11. The Wreckers led 41-17 at halftime.

"We work a lot on our fast-break. ... We had a lot of practice," said Rankowitz, who led all scorers with 23 points.

Staples--a nine-win team a season ago--led by as many as 24 points in the first half.

"The intensity in the first half was excellent," Devine said. "That run really got us going."

Frusciante dropped in 18 points in the win. Junior forward Darryle Wiggins scored 12 points, while sophomore forward Connor Whelan finished the evening with 11.

"We just worked together--very unselfish," Devine said. "(We have) a great group, led by our seniors. Everyone stepped up at the right times."

The Wreckers led by as many as 25 points in the second half and made the night a long one for McMahon, which was implementing a new system on both ends of the court under first-year head coach Ken Dustin.

"I thought it'd be a struggle coming in," said Dustin, who is taking over a program that went just 4-16 last season. "We only had two weeks to prepare for a new offense and a new defensive scheme--them getting to know me and me getting to know them. You could almost kind of see it coming."

Sophomore guard Tim Hinton Jr. led McMahon with nine points, while junior guard Delquon Howard and senior forward Justin Walker scored eight points apiece.

"There's a lot of little things that need to be improved upon," Dustin said. "We'll get back to the drawing board tomorrow."

Staples opened the game with six straight points and never trailed.

"On opening night, this is exactly how we wanted to come out," said Rankowitz, who scored both inside and from behind the arc, hitting two 3-pointers.

Leading 19-11 after the opening quarter, the Wreckers shut down McMahon defensively in the second quarter. The Wreckers allowed just three field goals in the second.

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Larry McKinney 2 1-2 5 Delquon Howard 3 0-0 8 Jean Wyndlin 0 0-0 0 Harold Garcia 0 0-0 0 Andy Mitchell 2 2-2 7 Thomas Clyne 0 0-0 0 Channing Thomas 1 0-0 2 Justin Walker 2 4-6 8 Matt Downey 0 0-0 0 Tim Hinton Jr. 4 1-4 9 Brandon Christie 1 0-0 2 Jean Paul 0 0-0 0 Andrew Rivera 2 0-0 4 Kyle Jordan 1 0-0 2 Allen Lenard 1 0-2 2. Totals 19 8-16 49.


Alexander Addessi 0 0-0 0 Nicolaas Esposito 0 0-2 0 Andrew Felman 0 0-0 0 James Frusciante 7 4-6 18 Todd Goldstein 1 0-0 2 Joe Greenwald 2 0-0 4 David Katz 1 1-1 3 Jacob Melnick 0 0-0 0 Peter Rankowitz 10 1-2 23 Connor Whelan 4 1-1 11 Nick Ward 0 0-0 0 Darryle Wiggins 6 0-2 12. Totals 31 7-14 73.

MCMAHON 11 6 17 15--49

STAPLES 19 22 14 18--73

3-pointers: M--Howard 2, Mitchell. S--Rankowitz 2, Whelan 2.