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Westport 7th-Grade Boys Hang Tough in Playoff Race

WESTPORT, Conn. — The Westport PAL seventh-grade boys basketball team split its games last weekend to remain in the thick of the Fairfield County Basketball League's Boys 7A division at 11-6 (6-2 in division).

On Friday night, Westport PAL 7B lost, 58-48, to Fairfield Red, the top-ranked team in the division. The game was a see-saw battle in the first half, with each team inching ahead but unable to hold the lead.

In the second half, however, Fairfield’s talented 3-point shooters took over, grabbing and then building a lead that Fairfield never relinquished. For Westport, the loss was disappointing but didn’t diminish strong efforts from leading scorers Mack Muller and Justin Seideman, and solid efforts from Kenny Brill, Ben Casparius, Ryan Fitton, Sean Pritchett and Fritz Schemel. Westport’s depth was also on display, with offensive and defensive contributions from Brendan Massoud, Matty Fair and Cayne Mandell.

Westport bounced back on Sunday evening, handily defeating a long-range shooting New Milford squad, 72-47. All players contributed at both ends of the floor. The team recorded its highest point total of the year, with four of nine players scoring in double figures. Leading scorers were Ben Casparius, Mack Muller, Sean Pritchett, Kenny Brill and Fritz Schemel. Assists and steals were led by Justin Seideman, Brill, Matty Fair and Cayne Mandell. Excellent rebounding by Muller, Casparius, Ryan Fitton and Fair added to the win.

Westport has a rematch against Fairfield Red Friday at 7 p.m. at Bedford Middle School, before traveling to Ridgefield to meet St. Mary’s on Sunday.

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