MOODUS, Conn. — Hale-Ray limited Wheeler High to 12 first-half points and went on to defeat the Lions, 58-41, in a nonleague boys basketball game Saturday.

Loudon Chupas' 21 points paced the Noises (1-1), who led 11-4 after the first quarter and 35-12 at halftime.

Wheeler was coming off a season-opening win in overtime over Grasso Tech the previous night.

"Hale-Ray is a very solid team," Lions coach Neal Cobleigh said in an email. "Our guys battled but we were very fatigued, coming off Friday’s battle. Our legs were heavy [and] we had a tough time finishing, missing 21 shots in the paint. Their 1-2–2 [three-quarter-court] press gave us some problems."

Zane Brewer scored 18 points for Wheeler (1-1), Kyle Kessler had 11 and Deondre Bransford finished with five points, 15 rebounds and three assists.

Wheeler next visits Windham on Thursday at 6 p.m.

— Ken Sorensen

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