Trojans play poorly in loss to ND-Fairfield
After jumping out to a fast start, the Weston boys basketball team finished with a nightmarish 68-41 home loss to Notre Dame of Fairfield Tuesday.
Both teams are now 6-4.
Weston was leading 10-3 late in the first quarter, but it lacked leadership and was unable to maintain its opening play. The lead was cut to three, 10-7, after one quarter.
Notre Dame, meanwhile, gained momentum as the game went on and outscored Weston 47-13 over the next two quarters. After the Lancers leveled the score at 12, they never looked back.
"We picked up defensive intensity very well, and started rotating the ball to make Weston have to play harder," Notre Dame coach Vin Laczkoski said. "We really dug down--we could have quit when we were down early but we didn't."
The Lancers continued increasing their lead throughout the game, and were ahead by a 35-point margin with just 6:00 left in the game.
In what has been a continuing storyline for the Trojans this season, a lack of energy and vocal leadership paved the way for their opponents to go on big runs.
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Weston coach Mike Hvizdo saw his team play with neither heart nor hustle, and called it a pathetic overall effort.
"It's a classic case of When things are great then you're great, and when the chips are down then you're down," he said. "I have no idea if this is the team we really are, or if the earlier wins are more representative of us."
Only senior captains Max Molinsky (12 points) and Evan Blitzer (10 points), junior Charlie DiPasquale (seven points) and sophomore Asher Lee-Tyson (6 points) made more than one basket, and the 41 points tied a season low.
Notre Dame's C.J. Davidson, Earl Coleman and captain Dan Upchurch (18 points, eight assists) led the way on defense, while Donte Peeler (10 points), Jaylon Jennings (14 points) and Arkel Miles (10 rebounds) also made a difference.
Both teams were missing strong players from their lineups because of injuries. Luckily for Weston, senior captain Lyle Mitchell is set to return next week.
And even though the Trojans' depth had been one of the keys to their 6-1 start, it has recently gone unnoticed.
"Everybody's responsible [for the poor showings], and I don't care who plays--I would start five guards if they could had the best chance of bringing us a win," said Hvizdo. "If people can't step up, then you go in the wrong direction."
While he acknowledges that the SWC is still fairly wide open, Hvizdo said that he needs to see changes made in order for the Trojans to compete.
"This was our worst performance of the year," he said. "Period."