CHESHIRE — Cheshire and Platt went head to head in boys basketball on Wednesday night and the Rams came out on top in this non-conference area matchup 55-47.
Neither team played its best brand of basketball. Throughout the game there were many turnovers and errant passes. Both teams also shot poorly, squandering many attempts by missing wide open jump shots.
And yet both teams being off their game made for a highly competitive matchup. The game never got out of hand for either side.
One player for Cheshire who really had a standout performance was Ben DeLaubell. The senior finished with 20 points and seemed to everywhere throughout the game. He had several key rebounds, at times diving on the floor to come up with the ball.
The first half was a back-and-forth battle that ended dead even at 24-24. DeLaubell and Aidan Godfrey combined for 17 of Cheshire’s 24 points in the half.
“The effort was there,” said Cheshire head coach Dan Lee. “That’s what we try to instill every game.”
Platt’s first-half scoring was more spread out, with Tre Carter leading the Panthers to that point with seven points and Desmond Davis hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter.
The second half started out ugly for both sides. Both teams missed many shots and had several turnovers. Platt converted one field goal in the third quarter, but capitalized on five of six free throw opportunities.
Though Cheshire hit only four shots for the floor, three of them were from beyond the arc, and that’s what put the Rams out in front.
In the fourth quarter, much of the same offensive struggles continued, with one big difference in Cheshire’s favor. That was DeLaubell, who scored nine points in the frame to seal the win.
For Platt, Carter and Davis each finished with 16 points. Malcolm Andrews scored six.
Eric Angelone had nine points for Cheshire. Godfrey and Will Grailkowski each had seven.
“We’ve got a lot of pieces to the puzzle put together, but each game is going to be a learning experience for us,” said Lee, whose team evened its record at 1-1.
As for the Panthers, who fell to 0-3 on the season, they’ll look to get in the win column in their next game against Bristol Eastern.
“I think we have the pieces to be a very competitive team and I think that once it gels together, we’re going to be OK,” said Platt coach Shawon Moncreif. “In the process of that, we have to put a better effort in so that we don’t get in a hole like we’ve been doing the past three games.”