MERIDEN — Wilcox Tech boys basketball has reeled off four straight wins since an opening-night loss to Cheney Tech. Three of those wins have come at the expense of CTC foe Kaynor Tech.
The latest win was by a dominant count of 60-39 on Wednesday evening in the Silver City. Wilcox Tech (4-1) had previously beaten the Wilcats (0-3) by totals of 47-34 and 60-30 in Waterbury.
“I thought the kids worked hard,” WT coach Randy Farkas said. “Things are starting to gel and we are moving in the right direction. Things are looking pretty good right now. The kids are really coming together.”
The Indians were paced by Isaiah Thomas (16 points, 5 assists), Carlos Cintron (16 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks), Alex D'Errico (13 points) and Tadrique Jones (13 points).
“It took us some time to get confident, but once we came together, we fit together like a puzzle,” Thomas said. “We are passing the ball; there are no ball hogs. We have plenty to improve on and we will get better.”
The conference foes will meet one more time, on March 3, in the Brass City.
In Round 3 on Wednesday, Wilcox Tech used stifling defense to build a 35-16 advantage by the half, and that dominance continued throughout the game.
Wilcox set a quick tone, opening the contest on a 14-0 run. Defensively, the Indians held Kaynor 0-for-7 from the field with six turnovers before the Panthers put up their first points of the game with 2:07 left in the stanza.
The Tribe forced 19 Kaynor turnovers in the first 16 minutes and used a balanced scoring attack for the 19-point cushion at the break. Cintron was a force in the post with 11 points and six rebounds in the first half. D'Errico, a junior guard, feasted on the back end of the fast break, converting four layups in the first half.
“We are finding Alex down the court,” Farkas said. “We are having a hard time scoring in the half court. We are trying to create some offense. We are catching teams unaware with Alex down the court.”
Jones, a sophomore guard, made an acrobatic steal in the first quarter and made a long pass to Griffin Neilander for an uncontested layup.
The Indians remained in control in the second half and Farkas emptied his bench in the closing minutes. The home team’s 2-2-1 full-court pressure was tough for the visitors to contend with all game. The Indians have strong team speed and it showed.
Kaynor was paced by Michael Morales’s team-high 15 points.
The Indians are in midst of a four-games-in-five-days sequence. After a day off Thursday, the Tribe will host Whitney Tech on Friday at 7 p.m.
“This is another win and we have to keep it going,” Cintron said. “We are taking it one step at a time and keeping the eyes on the prize for the conference. We want that conference tournament championship. We are finally jelling.”