MERIDEN — Getting to the basket wasn’t a problem for the Platt boys basketball team Thursday night against visiting Farmington. Finishing was.
Couple that with an Indians team that easily handled Panther pressure and converted on its offensive end and the stage was set for a 95-60 blowout at Platt.
Farmington improved its record to 4-3, while the Panthers are still searching for their first win of 2020, falling to 1-8.
The Panthers kept it interesting in the first quarter, hanging with the Indians and finishing the stanza down five, 17-12.
From there it was off to the races for the visiting Indians, who would outscore Platt 78-48 over the next three quarters, including a 17-5 run to start the third quarter.
“When you play a team like Platt, you have to be prepared to handle their pressure,” said Farmington coach Duane Witter. “Our guys did a good job of that. They were hungry for their first road win.”
Farmington had three players in double figures, led by seniors Tristan Grande and Grayson Herr, who each dropped in 22. Junior Jacob Smith added 16 and was a menace on defense, collecting two charges.
Coach Witter also credited the effort of his bench and defense.
“We had guys come off the bench and help give us contributions in the first half to help create separation,” said Witter. “Once we got that separation, I thought our defense tightened up in the second half. Regardless of the score, we kept the defensive effort from tip to buzzer.”
Platt’s freshman point guard Anthony Nimani led all scorers with 30. Senior Elijah Wright added 21. No other Panther would break double figures.
“I don’t have a lot of words,” said Platt coach Shawon Moncrief. “The bottom fell out. We got outworked in every aspect of the game. We have a lot of young guys out there trying to find their way, but no excuses, we have to do better.”
If the Panthers have any aspirations of getting to that magic number of eight wins to qualify for the state tournament, they will have to do it on the road. Seven of their final 11 games are on the road, including the next five, starting Monday at Northwestern Regional.
“We will try to make it happen somehow,” said Moncrief. “We will come back tomorrow, this weekend, and get back to work. We have to see how we can right this ship, because right now it’s going the wrong direction.”