Summer Trojans show positive signs in defeat
Despite being overwhelmed for most of the game, the Weston boys basketball team showed many positive signs Sunday.
Making the loss look respectable was the fact that the Summer Trojans had only five players in the first half -- no returning starters from last winter's varsity squad, six in the second half. The halves are 20 minutes long.
St. Joseph showed why it was the top-ranked team by forcing 26 turnovers, 13 in each half. The Summer Cadets also dominated the glass and scored many points on rebounds and off of Weston turnovers. They scored a transition layup at the buzzer to take a 33-13 halftime lead off a steal.
The Summer Trojans didn't hit their first field goal until Pascal Arvoy hit a layup with 8:40 remaining in the half off a feed from Julian Bombart, which made it 18-6. Weston hit six free throws before the break. Bombart had five points in the opening half, including a 3-pointer.
"Everybody helped me make plays, and we passed it around," Bombart said. "We played like a unit."
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Center Matt Folger, who had another commitment, arrived for the second half, which helped Weston. Folger (three rebounds, one blocked shot, one assist, one forced turnover) was a force inside, and his arrival allowed the Summer Trojans to give the other five players respites at different junctures.
Arvoy (11 points, 12 rebounds) was an all-around force and helped Weston cut the lead to 15. His 3-point play following an offensive rebound made it 37-22 with 7:42 left in the game.
The 12 rebounds didn't completely represent his work on the boards. Arvoy's (one blocked shot, one steal, one forced turnover) success in boxing out paved the way for Bombart (seven points, five rebounds) and Russell Kirschenbaum (four rebounds) to pick up the caroms off the glass.
"I played a lot of basketball in my free time, and I worked out with [2011-12 Weston captain and All-SWC player] Max Molinsky," Arvoy said. "He is helping improve my game."
The Summer Trojans played better defense in the second half. They forced nine St. Joseph turnovers after the break, 11 overall. Matt Gurman (six points, three rebounds, one assist) led Weston with three forced turnovers. Kirschenbaum (one forced turnover) led the team in steals.
Bombart (two tieups, one steal, one assist) was aggressive in pursuing the ball.
Brian Cass (five points, two assists) swished a 3-pointer and set up two Arvoy layups.
In the end, the Summer Cadets didn't let the Summer Trojans get closer.
"It's never good to lose, but we played hard with six guys," Bombart said.
Arvoy said, "We have a lot of young kids coming out to the games, and we're getting better in the long run."