WESTPORT, Conn. The Westport PAL seventh-grade boys basketball team won two games last week to raise its record to 10-5 overall and 5-1 in the A Division of the Fairfield County Basketball League.
Guided by PAL coaches Vinnie Rissolo and Andrew Strauss, the team returns eight players from the 2010-2011 squad that won leagues sixth-grade B Division regular season and post-season championships. The returning players include Kenny Brill, Ben Casparius, Matty Fair, Brendan Massoud, Mack Muller, Sean Pritchett, Fritz Schemel and Justin Seideman. The team has been bolstered by talented newcomers Ryan Fitton and Cayne Mandell.
In a game last Friday against the Greenwich Flame, Westport rolled to a resounding 51-37 victory. That triumph came just six days after a narrow 34-32 win over Greenwich.
In the rematch, Westport had its most balanced effort of the season. Westport led throughout and the team displayed an aggressive defense led by Ben Casparius, Matty Fair, Justin Seideman and Kenny Brill that forced several turnovers and steals by Seideman, Casparius and Brendan Massoud. Excellent rebounding by Sean Pritchett, Mack Muller and Ryan Fitton helped secure the win.
Muller was the game's leading scorer, while Cayne Mandell and Fritz Schemel each fired in three-pointers and Casparius also contributed timely baskets.
The team continued its strong play on Sunday, handily defeating Monroe 51-20, with all players contributing offensively and defensively. Steering the defensive effort were Sean Pritchett, Kenny Brill, Ben Casparius, Justin Seideman and Mack Muller. Ryan Fitton excelled on the boards and in the low post, while Seideman had multiple steals. Providing additional defensive muscle were Brendan Massoud, Cayne Mandell and Fritz Schemel. Balanced scoring among Muller, Fitton and Seideman paced the squad, while Casparius, Brill and Pritchett led the team in assists.
Westport will meet 7A Division leader Fairfield Hoops Red Friday at 7 p.m. at Bedford Middle School, followed by a Sunday afternoon visit to New Milford.
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