The Westbrook boys' basketball squad had a rough start to its week last week when it suffered its first loss of the season to East Hampton and saw power player in Cade Muckle leave the game with an injury. But in true Knights' fashion, the team pulled together and won its next contest against Hale Ray to improve to 18-1-the best record in school history for the boys' basketball program.
Versus East Hampton on Feb. 11, Westbrook lost 68-45. Sam Grigo notched 20 points, Jordan Bernard had nine, and Chris Dahl notched 10 rebounds while Muckle had seven. But it was East Hampton's three-pointers that were the story as the Bellringers had 11 against the Knights and four guys scored double figures.
"We had no answer for their point guard's ball penetration," said Coach Jeff Beeman. "The kids actually did what we asked them and gave minimal help on him and stayed at home on their three shooters and the post, but the kid made shots or we sent him to the foul line. They are a very good and versatile team, which I hope not to see again unless we are at full strength."
Westbrook rebounded with a win on Feb. 14, beating Hale Ray 56-43 on Senior Night. Grigo notched 28 points, Bernard had eight, and Liam Bell scored six while Dahl pulled down 10 rebounds and Bell had eight. The Knights were 19-for-28 from the foul line.
"We played without Faruk [Cecunjanin], who had the pins removed from his thumb that day, and Muckle, who has an ankle injury. We always look at these situations as opportunities for other players to shine and as a group I think we did," said Beeman. "We got minutes from Ronnie Oldham, Marty Marx, and Seamus Ashburner and extra court time from Connor Cole."