A sluggish offense early on ultimately created problems for the Weston High boys varsity basketball team when it faced Ridgefield.
The Trojans were not as aggressive as usual after the opening tip-off last Thursday, Dec.27. The same could not be said of their opponent.
Ridgefield, a member of the Fairfield Country Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) wasted no time in going to the hoop. While the Trojans eventually picked up the pace they came up short in a 56-37 loss, their first of the season.
“They’re one of the top FCIAC teams,” said Weston head coach Mike Hvizdo. “That’s one of the reasons I scheduled them. I like the challenge.”
Weston was also without the services of one of its starters, junior and captain Troy Flynn. One of its more aggressive players on offense, he injured his knee in the previous game and is still awaiting the results of an MRI.
The Tigers came out fast offensively by scoring 16 points in the first quarter. They also used a 1-3-1 defense which caused Weston to commit a few turnovers near the end of the frame as the hosts trailed 16-7.
The Trojans soon adjusted and did not let their opponent widen the gap for the remainder of the half. By the time it ended they were still within striking distance at 29-22.
Both sides played tough defense as the third quarter got underway as each side was held to single-digit scoring for the period. In fact, Weston kept within seven points until about three minutes remained in the game.
Right after that Weston was called for a number of fouls, sending the Tigers to the free throw line. They proceeded to sink 12 straight points in the last two minutes to pull out of Weston’s reach.
“We were offensively unaggressive across the board,” said Hvizdo. “You can’t win games against good teams by scoring only 37 points.”
Erik Dammen-Brower was the long Weston player to score in double figures with 11 points. Asher Lee-Tyson scored seven, including a three-pointer.
Charlie DiPasquale scored six, coming on two three-pointers. Pascal Arvoy scored five and Ethan Lee-Tyson and Grant Limone each sank six.
Ridgefield was paced by Kurt Steidel and Jeffy Racy with 19 and 11 points respectively.
“We went into that game with the intention of winning,” said Hvizdo. “It was a game we could have won. We kind of handed it to them.”
Weston, now 2-1, visits New Fairfield on Friday at 7 p.m. and is at Berlin on Monday at 6.