Boys basketball: SWC spot is a possibility

Weston High’s Charlie DiPasquale scored 20 points in a boys varsity basketball game on Monday. The Trojans lost 76-66.—Vivian Simons photo

With a spot in one post-season tournament secured the Weston High boys varsity basketball team has focused its efforts on getting another.

The Trojans, who have qualified for the state Class M tournament for the second straight year, still have a chance at making the South-West Conference playoffs again. Such depends on how they finish the regular season and to some extent on how their opponents fare in their remaining games.

They took a step in the right direction when they visited Oxford last Friday, Feb. 15. The Trojans set the tone early in a 66-53 win.

Weston wasted no time in showing it could hit shots from beyond the arc. Asher Lee-Tyson, Ethan Lee-Tyson and Charlie DiPasquale combined for four successful three-point shots in the first quarter alone as the visitors went up 18-6.

DiPasquale continued to hit the three-point shot in the next frame to help the Trojans increase their lead. He sank 11 points in the period alone and Weston was also paced by Grant Limone’s five-point effort as it was in control at 40-18 by halftime.

When play resumed the Wolverines appeared to get their offense in gear and began to use the three-pointer to their advantage. Both Asher Lee-Tyson and DiPasquale remained effective from long range in the Trojans’ 12-point effort as they remained in front at 52-37.

The Wolverines did not get much closer than that. They did hit a few more three-pointers in the last frame but with Weston going six for seven from the foul line the lead was safe.

DiPasquale led Weston with 27 points, including four three-pointers. Asher Lee-Tyson scored 13 (three three-pointers).

Limone sank seven and Troy Flynn and Erik Dammen-Brower each scored six. Ethan Lee-Tyson added five (one three-pointer) and Matt Folger scored two.

Weston hit a bit of a snag on Monday when it hosted Bunnell. Although it remained in good position in the first half it ran out of gas in the second in a 76-66 loss.

“We played at Bunnell’s tempo the entire game,” said Weston head coach Jamaal Gibbs. “It wears you down.”

The Bulldogs’ offense was effective not only from the perimeter but from underneath the hoop as well. One threat in particular was Isaac Vann, who scored nine points in the first quarter alone.

“They’re strength was getting to the basket, which we wanted to control,” said Gibbs. “Sometimes we did, sometimes we didn’t.”

The Trojans also had to deal with Bunnell’s press defense for most of the night. As in the Oxford game, the three-point shot helped them early as DiPasquale and Dammen-Brower combined for three of them but the hosts still trailed 24-16 after one quarter.

Their defense did a better job of denying the Bulldogs the shot in the next frame and the Trojans continued to hit the three-pointer, chipping away at the lead. Asher Lee-Tyson’s put Weston on top 32-30 with less than two minutes to go in the half, which ended in a 34-34 tie.

The Bulldogs’ press began to take its toll in the second half. The Trojans, who had to contend with Vann underneath, also had to worry about Matt Notting from the outside. He hit three three-pointers in the frame, including a long one at the buzzer to put his team up 56-48 going into the fourth quarter.

Asher Lee-Tyson’s three-pointer got the Trojans to within four points (58-54) as the fourth quarter got underway but that was as close as they came. The Trojans were called for a number of fouls in the time remaining and the Bulldogs took advantage of the situation to hit 10 of 12 shots from the line.

Weston did get the last word in on DiPasquale’s buzzer-beating three-pointer, however.

He finished with four on the night and 20 points in all. Limone scored 14 and Asher Lee-Tyson had 12 (two three-pointers).

Dammen-Brower scored 10 (two three-pointers) and Matt Gurman scored six. Ethan Lee-Tyson and Pascal Arvoy each had two.

Weston finishes the regular season this week.

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