A test of its depth came early in the season for the Weston High boys varsity basketball game.
Hosting New Fairfield in the opener on Monday, the Trojans wasted no time in building a considerable lead but were in foul trouble early in the night. In fact, all five of their starting players fouled out before the contest was completed.
Despite being forced to make substitutions the Trojans still kept a safe distance ahead of the competition to win their opener 78-60.
“We did have a lot of foul trouble,” said head coach Mike Hvizdo, who used all 11 varsity players in the game. “We needed to look to guys off the bench.”
Weston came out fast right from the start. Behind some accurate shooting it outscored the Rebels 24-11 in the first quarter.
“We came out with a lot of intensity,” said Hvizdo. “It was a total team effort.”
But in so doing, it was called for numerous fouls. Before the frame ended New Fairfield was already in the bonus situation in foul shooting.
“If it wasn’t for foul trouble we would’ve put them away early,” said Hvizdo.
The Trojans had to ease up offensively in the second quarter while still keeping the Rebels at bay. They were in good shape at halftime, up 35-23.
When play resumed Weston picked up the pace again despite being in foul trouble, stretching the lead to 55-36. Both sides went to the line often in the fourth quarter with the Trojans protecting their lead.
Asher Lee-Tyson led Weston with 17 points, including a four-for-four effort from the foul line. He also had three assists and three steals.
Charlie DiPasquale also scored in double figures with 15 points, including three three-pointers and a four-for-four free throw effort. Troy Flynn and Grant Limone each scored nine points. The former also had six rebounds. Pascal Arvoy scored eight points with six rebounds.
Erik Dammen-Brower scored seven and Jordan Schaffer netted six. Matt Gurman scored four and Ethan Lee-Tyson added two. Matt Folger sank one free throw.
Weston hosts Newtown on Friday at 7 p.m.