What the Weston High boys varsity basketball team could not finish in regulation time it took care of in the few minutes that followed when it faced Newtown last week.
The Trojans held a brief lead in the last few seconds of the fourth quarter before their opponent managed to tie it up, forcing overtime. Some key foul shooting in the extra frame helped tip the scales in Weston’s favor in a 70-65 win in front of a home crowd on Friday, Dec. 21.
“Overall, it was a great game,” said Weston head coach Mike Hvizdo. “Everybody played hard.”
Led in part by Asher Lee-Tyson’s eight-point (including a three-pointer) effort in the first quarter, the Trojans got the jump on the Nighthawks. A couple of field goals by Erik Dammen-Brower also helped as Weston built a 16-9 lead after one frame.
The Nighthawks, playing their first game since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, cut the gap in the next quarter. Helped by Julian Dunn’s seven points, they led 20-18 with 4:14 left in the first half.
“Their big guy (Dunn) hurt us underneath,” said Hvizdo. “We had a hard time all night protecting the hoop.”
Weston quickly regained it on Charlie DiPasquale’s three-pointer to start a seven-point run. Foul shooting then came to play as both sides sank shots from the line as Weston held a 27-26 advantage at halftime.
A five-point run at the start of the second half put the Nighthawks back on top. While DiPasquale’s three-pointer tied it a 34-34 with five minutes to go he followed with a seven-point run that included two more treys as Weston went up 44-41 going into the last quarter.
DiPasquale hit another three-pointer early in the last frame but by then Newtown was in the bonus situation in foul shooting. Dunn hit both ends of a one and one with 6:41 left, tying it at 47-47.
The time remaining featured a seesaw battle with three ties and four lead changes. Much of the action was at the foul line as the two teams were awarded numerous attempts.
DiPasquale’s field goal with 25 seconds to go put Weston up 58-58. That was still enough time for the Nighthawks to tie it, which they did, bringing on a four-minute extra period.
Asher Lee-Tyson’s three pointer with 1:!5 left put Weston up for good. Newtown was forced to foul in the time remaining and the Trojans took advantage of the situation by sinking five of six shots
“They (Newtown) were playing with such emotion,” said Hvizdo. “My guys did a good job staying cool, calm and collected.”
DiPasquale led Weston with a career high 27 points (including five three-pointers). Asher Lee-Tyson scored 23 (two-three-pointers), also a career high.
Pascal Arvoy scored six and led in rebounds with 13. Ethan Lee-Tyson sank five and Dammen-Brower scored four. Grant Limone scored three and Troy Flynn added two.
Weston hosts Trumbull on Saturday at 6 p.m. and is home to Bethel on Wednesday at 7.