Westhill starts slow, finishes strong

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Jeremiah Livingston drives to the bucket. Photo/ Jason Rearick

Jeremiah Livingston drives to the bucket.
Photo/ Jason Rearick

I’ve seen Westhill twice this season and both times they came out of the gate slowly, tonight falling behind 9-0 to Wilton at home.

The Vikings quickly got back on track, going to a 2-2-1 press to jump start their transition game, winning 52-43 to improve to 4-1.

Westhill coach Howard White said after the game his team would not be able to start like that against good teams and hope to win.

Jeremiah Livingston was the offensive catalyst, scoring 25 points with Evan Skoparantzos adding 17.

When Westhill is clicking they are a dangerous team but they seem to go in and out which may just be an early season thing with several players that are getting used to playing varsity basketball.

Having guys like Livingston and Skoparatzos who can have been there and can calm things down will serve the Vikings well.

The press gave Wilton problems early on but the Warriors figured it out and by the second half were beating it into the front court, though not penetrating thee 2-3 half court zone enough to make a difference.

Coach Joel Geriak of Wilton. Photo/Jason Rearick

Coach Joel Geriak of Wilton.
Photo/Jason Rearick

The Warriors did get to within 5 after a couple 3s in the 4th but could not come all the way back.

Joel Geriak does a fine job at Wilton and gets the most of the players he has, probably why he was FCIAC Coach of the Year last season.

Wilton may not get back to the FCIAC tournament this season but they will be a thorn in many teams’ sides. They play hard, dictate pace well and stay disciplined, most of the time.

Trinity coach Mike Walsh and Staples coach Colin Devine at the game scouting as Monday was a makeup from Friday and their teams were off.

Wilton is at Trinity tomorrow and back home for the first time in nearly a month Friday vs Staples.

Westhill will host New Canaan and travel to Danbury Friday.

 

Scott Ericson

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