Wildcats claw Trojan cagers
Sometimes, a team has an off night.
The Weston boys basketball team felt it didn't play its `A' game Tuesday in a 73-65 loss at Bethel. Bethel raised its record to 4-4. Weston had a 15-12 lead after one quarter, 31-30 at half, but dropped to 6-2 because it was outscored by the Wildcats in the third quarter, 20-11.
"Hats off to Bethel, they had a good game plan and executed it well," Trojans coach Mike Hvizdo said. "We broke down on defense. We played a horrible first half and should have been up by more points. We let Bethel hang around."
What made it hard for Weston is that it defeated Bethel 57-50 at home Dec. 20. In the rematch, the Trojans were missing sophomore Troy Flynn, who became a starter two weeks ago and has been developing into a key contributor. Flynn was out with a knee injury.
Senior captain Evan Blitzer stepped in for Flynn and led Weston with 20 points, including four 3-pointers.
"I was working hard in practice, got an opportunity and made the most of it," Blitzer said. "It's tough that it came in a loss but we'll bounce back."
Hvizdo said, "Evan stepped it up and had a solid game, which helped."
On the key to his shooting, Blitzer said, "Everything was clicking at the right time, and I just kept shooting."
The Trojans were definitely hot from outside and overall, made nine 3-pointers. Senior captain Max Molinsky (15 points, six assists, three steals) hit three treys and junior Charlie DiPasquale (seven points) and sophomore Ethan Lee-Tyson (three points) each hit a trifecta.
"We like to shoot the long ball," Hvizdo said. "I was a shooting guard in high school and college and it rubbed off on them. I give them the green light [to shoot] and we work on it in practice."
Senior captain Lyle Mitchell (seven points, nine rebounds, three blocked shots) and classmate JD Simons (two points, four rebounds, five assists) and sophomore Erik Dammen-Brower (11 points) helped out inside.
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"The energy wasn't there," Blitzer said. "We came out with low energy and didn't get it up to the level that it needed to be at."