PUTNAM, Conn. — It took a little while for the Wheeler High boys’ basketball team to overcome Putnam’s press but, when they finally did, it led to some big offense for the Lions and an 80-65 non-league win Wednesday.
The Lions fell into a 6-0 hole to start the game, but rallied and took an 11-10 lead by the end of the first quarter. Wheeler then outscored the Clippers 23-12 in the second quarter and never looked back.
“We came out slow, but we were able to get organized and were able to score whenever we wanted against their press,” Wheeler coach Neal Cobleigh said. “We had a lot of fast-break opportunities and we also rebounded better after the first quarter.”
Wheeler outscored Putnam in every quarter and continued to stretch the 13-point halftime advantage.
Mike Dellaporta and Troy Stefanski each scored 23 points. Stefanski also added seven rebounds.
Andrew Swift added 14 points and Jacob Raggon added 12 with seven rebounds.
The Lions finished 2-18 lsat season season.
Wheeler hosts St. Bernard today at 7 p.m. in its ECC Small Division opener.
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CHAPLAIN, Conn. — Wheeler High struggled at the free-throw line and missed some makeable shots in a nonleague loss to Parish Hill Wednesday night.
The Lions were 5 of 14 (35.7 percent) from the line.
“We didn’t make our layups and we missed our foul shots,” coach Dan Baker said. “That was the difference.”
Wheeler trailed 24-17 at the end of three quarters. But the Lions made it a one-point game, 24-23, on a Kaite Morgan basket with a little over four minutes remaining.
Parish Hill responded with six straight points to make it 30-23 with with 1:36 left and the Lions were forced to start fouling.
The Pirates were 7 of 8 (87.5 percent) from the line.
Mackenzie Brayman led the Lions with 10 points. She also contributed four steals and three assists. Jess Muller had 10 rebounds and Kylie Baker finished with six.
Parish Hill is 2-1.
Wheeler (1-1) hosts St. Bernard on Friday at 7 p.m.