WESTON, Conn. – Weston High’s boys basketball team found out Thursday why Ridgefield is a perennial playoff participant in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference.
The Tigers (4-1) threw a blanket over the Trojans’ offense en route to a 56-37 non-league win at Weston. The Trojans’ total was the lowest figure in the two-year coaching reign of Mike Hvizdo.
“We passed up too many shots, we were not going to the basket strong enough,’’ Hvizdo said. “We were just not being offensively aggressive, period.”
Weston (2-1) came in averaging 74 points per game in wins over New Fairfield and Newtown. Charlie DiPasquale, averaging 21 points a game, was held to six, and Asher Lee-Tyson, averaging 20 per game, had seven. Erik Dammen-Brower led Weston with 11.
“We played good defense for the majority of the game,’’ Hvizdo said. “We held a very good team to 40 points for most of the game. But if you’re not offensively aggressive, I don’t care what kind of defense you play. You’re not going to win. That’s unacceptable.”
Weston led just once, 5-4, midway through the first quarter. Ridgefield went on a 12-2 run to take a 16-7 lead after one. But the Trojans stuck around and were down 38-32 entering the fourth quarter. Weston never got any closer, though, and the Tigers pulled away at the end with 10 unanswered points to close it out.
Weston missed junior Troy Flynn, who sat out with a knee injury. Hvizdo said Flynn is scheduled for an MRI on Friday. Flynn averaged 5.5 points in the first two games, but his mentality is just as important as his production. “He’s offensively aggressive, and nobody else wants to be offensively aggressive,’’ Hvizdo said. “Not having him hurt us.”
Weston plays Trumbull in a non-league game at home on Saturday against Trumbull before beginning its South-West Conference season next week. Hvizdo hinted lineup changes may be forthcoming.
“I’m going to look to younger guys to step up,’’ Hvizdo said. “I’m giving too many opportunities to guys who had a lot over the past three years who don’t want to aggressive. I have to look at other guys.”