Not being at full force is something the Weston High boys varsity basketball team can relate to this season.
The Trojans have played games in which they had key starters sidelined due to injury. The shoe was on the other foot, however, when they hosted Brookfield last week.
But instead of injury, Brookfield was down two starters due to disciplinary reasons. As a result, the Trojans got the jump on their opponent early and did not look back in a 54-35 win on Friday, Jan. 18.
“We took care of business,” said Weston head coach Mike Hvizdo. “We did what we had to do.”
Weston’s defense caused Brookfield trouble from the outset. The Bobcats often turned over the ball in the first quarter and took forced shots without much luck. On the other end of the court the Trojans went up 13-2 after one frame.
Brookfield responded to the situation somewhat for the remainder of the first half with an improved offense but the Trojans were not in any danger of losing their lead, having a 29-12 advantage.
By the time the second half got underway the Trojans were making frequent substitutions In fact, all the JV players saw some time on the court.
“It was a good experience for the younger guys,” said Hvizdo. “It was a real team effort.”
Asher Lee-Tyson led Weston with 12 points, including four three-pointers, and had five assists. On defense he came up with eight steals.
Matt Folger scored 10 points , as did Erik Dammen-Brower. The former had nine rebounds while the latter had 13.
Grant Limone had a big night under the boards with 15 rebounds and scored six points. Ethan Lee-Tyson scored four points and led Weston in assists with 11. He had five steals on defense.
Charlie DiPasquale scored five points. Pascal Arvoy, playing his first game since injuring his ankle, scored five points. Morgan Roseman sank two points.
Weston, now 4-5 overall, hosts Pomperaug on Friday at 7, is at Bristol Central on Saturday at 6, and is home to Stratford at 7 on Monday at 7.