NORTH STONINGTON — Wheeler High hung with St. Bernard for the first half before falling, 79-50, in an ECC Division III boys basketball game Friday.
After a sluggish first quarter — the Lions fell behind 24-11 — coach Neal Cobleigh said his Lions “pushed the tempo and crashed the boards” to cut the Saints’ lead to five in the second period. They would trail 37-28 at halftime.
But St. Bernard (2-0, 1-0 Division III) had an early 9-0 run in the third quarter to pull away en route to its victory.
“We didn’t have the stamina to keep that level of intensity up in the second half,” Cobleigh said. “But we showed some fight and some heart tonight. That’s the takeaway.”
Ian Spracklin led Wheeler (1-3, 0-1) with 12 points. Ryan Condon added 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals, and Bowen Baker had eight points and six boards.
The Lions next host Mount St. Charles on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
— Ken Sorensen