CHAPLIN, Conn. — Parish Hill used a big first quarter to turn back Wheeler High, 61-53, in a nonleague boys basketball game Tuesday night.

Parish Hill (14-6) led, 20-8, at the end of the first quarter.

"The first quarter we got outrebounded by a bunch," Wheeler coach Neal Cobleigh said. "We went from a 1-3-1 to a 3-2 matchup zone and we slowed them down and rebounded better out of that."

Ian Spracklin made seven 3-pointers and finished with 23 points to lead the Lions in scoring.

"Spracklin got hot and they had to go to man [defense) and we did much better," Cobleigh said. "The kids played very hard. They are a quality team.

"We are happy with the effort, but our execution on the boards could have been better."

Bowen Baker finished with 14 points. Liam Patrick led the team in rebounds with six.

Wheeler (5-15) travels to Putnam on Tuesday for a play-in game in the ECC Division II tournament at 5:30 p.m.

— Keith Kimberlin

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