A final shot would turn out to be the most important for the Weston High boys varsity basketball team in the first round of the state Class M tournament.
Down by two points with only a few seconds left, the Trojans had one last chance to keep their season alive. A three-pointer by Ethan Lee-Tyson would do the trick as the Trojans pulled off a 54-53 upset win over the University School in Hartford.
“The guys never put their heads down,” said Mike Hvizdo, who was reinstated as Weston’s coach two days earlier (see story on page one). “They still believed it was our game.”
Although it ended as a two-point game it was not always a close contest. The 23rd-seeded Trojans appeared to take control early, going up by 10 (18-8) after only one quarter.
The hosts managed to get their offense in gear for the next frame but Weston managed to keep a seemingly safe distance until halftime. By then it was looking at a 34-25 lead.
When play resumed, University became a serious threat. Its defense caused several turnovers, which resulted in points in transition. The hosts also hit a few three-pointers and by the time the third quarter ended they were up 46-43.
“We had no problem with their press,” said Hvizdo, noting University’s defense. “But there were two or three turnovers in a row and they scored off all of them.”
It was still anyone’s game until late in the fourth quarter. Down by two points, the Trojans called time-out with less than 10 seconds left.
A set play did not go according to plan, but with less than four seconds to go Ethan Lee-Tyson hit a three-point shot that put the Trojans in the lead. University only had enough time to take a three-quarter court shot that missed before time expired.
Charlie DiPasquale led Weston with 21 points, including two three-pointers. Asher Lee-Tyson scored 11 with one three-pointer and Pascal Arvoy sank eight.
Ethan Lee-Tyson scored six with one three-pointer and Matt Folger netted two. Troy Flynn and Grant Limone had two apiece.
Weston continues the tournament this week. If it defeats 26th-ranked Tolland it plays either Kaynor Tech or Wolcott on Friday.