TUESDAY BOYS BASKETBALL: Long-range shooting propels Cheshire past Sheehan

TUESDAY BOYS BASKETBALL: Long-range shooting propels Cheshire past Sheehan

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WALLINGFORD – Cheshire used a pair of 15-0 runs to roll to a dominant SCC Hammonasset boys basketball victory over host Sheehan on Tuesday night.

The Rams blitzed the Titans with a great ball movement and hot shooting from beyond the arc. They buried a dozen 3-pointers en route to a 78-44 win.

Pacing the potent Cheshire attack was senior forward Will Graikoski, who totaled a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. Also with big offensive games for the Rams were Aidan Godfrey (13) James Pettit (12) and Ben DeLaubell (8).

Cheshire’s first 15-0 spurt came in the first quarter after Sheehan’s Caden Cloutier hit a layup to start the game, Cheshire ripped off the next 15 straight by playing steady defense and knocking down open shots from all over the court.

“I think we shared the ball really well tonight,” Cheshire coach Dan Lee said. “When we share the ball we can do some pretty good things. In that first half we made that extra pass and guys were in position to shoot before they got the ball.

“Historically, this has always been a very difficult place for us to play and this is a very good Sheehan team. We just shot the ball extremely well tonight and that’s not something we have done all year, but we are more optimistic about everything else that led to those shots.”

Petit, a senior guard, knocked in nine points in the opening quarter for Cheshire, while Graikoski chipped in with six. Graikoski finished the initial quarter with a trey at the buzzer.

“It was just my teammates finding me,” Graikoski said. “I was able to get open, they found me and it was my job to hit the shots and tonight they fell. We just shot really well today.”

Cheshire knocked down four 3-pointers in the first quarter to hold the 25-7 advantage after one.

The visitors maintained the lead in the second quarter. Godfrey, a sophomore forward, carved out some space in the post with a baseline jumper and a turnaround jumper. The sophomore totaled eight points in the first half. Senior forward DeLaubell added to the first-half attack with eight points. Cheshire led 36-19 at the half.

Setting the table for Cheshire all night was Eric Angelone (8 assists, 8 rebounds) and Matt Rosadino (7 points, 7 assists). Ian Battipaglia also came off the bench to score seven points.

Meanwhile, sparking the Sheehan side was freshman Jack McDonnell, who canned a pair of treys in the second quarter. McDonnell finished with a team-high eight points.

Derek Vansteenburgh and Mark Amodio each had six points apiece for the Titans, who were cold as a team from the field throughout the night.

Cheshire’s red-hot shooting continued in the third quarter. A second 15-0 run expanded the lead to 61-25.

Graikoski was in the middle of the run. He had 11 points in the third.

Both coaches played with reserves throughout the final quarter.

Cheshire has now won four out of its last five and now stands at 7-3 overall and 2-1 in the Hammonasset at the midway point of the season.

“This was a study of contrast,” Lee said. “Last week, we were struggling to put up points against Xavier and ever since that loss this is three in a row. We have a lot of new guys and it takes them a while to mature into their spots. You will see in the paper that these guys are seniors, but a lot of these guys didn’t get varsity time last year.”

Sheehan falls to 4-5 and 1-3.

“Cheshire played a great game,” Sheehan coach Joe Gaetano said. “They hit 12 three’s and don’t normally hit 12 three’s. They played a great game. They executed really well and we didn’t respond.”


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