NORTH STONINGTON — Wheeler High fell to Putnam, 56-34, in the season-opening boys basketball game for both teams Tuesday.

The Lions trailed 34-23 at halftime and stayed within 11, 42-31, heading into the fourth quarter before the Clippers pulled away in the ECC North Division game.

Putnam's Colby Livingston scored a game-high 30 points.

"Livingston was hard for us to stop," Wheeler coach Neal Cobleigh said. "In our matchup zone our shifts weren't as good as we'd like them to be, but it's early [in the season]."

Kyle Kessler finished with 15 points, including three 3-pointers, and Kayleb Startz scored 13 for the Lions, who had just three players score points.

"We weren't able to push the ball, which we need to do because we're not shooting the ball well yet," Cobleigh said. "But it was the first day with a lot of freshmen, and they held their own. They were out there working and hustling."

Nick Larkin had seven rebounds for Wheeler, which next hosts Plainfield on Friday at 6 p.m.

Wheeler (34)

Kayleb Startz 3 7-10 13, Deondre Bransord 2 1-4 6, Kyle Kessler 6 0-0 15, Tyler Burdick 0 0-0 0, John Anderson 0 0-0 0, Nick Larkin 0 0-0 0, Wyatt Elliott 0 0-0 0, Michael Caster 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 8-14 34.

Putnam (56)

Jack Lomax 1 0-0 2, Jacob Mailloux 1 0-0 2, Johnathan Carita 1 1-2 3, Jack Rindge 2 0-2 5, Karson Bates 2 1-2 5, Traves Fredette 1 0-0 2, Sullivan MacDonald 0 0-0 0, Colby Livingston 12 6-12 30, Cooper Livingston 2 2-5 7. Totals: 22 10-23 56.

Putnam 18 16 8 14 — 56

Wheeler 12 11 8 3 — 34

3-point field goals: Wheeler (4) — Kessler 3, Bransord. Putnam (2) — Cooper Livingston, Rindge.

Rebounds: Wheeler (26) — Larkin 7, Bransord 5, Caster 4, Kessler 4, Startz 3, Elliott 2, Anderson.

— Ken Sorensen

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