MERIDEN — Lyman Hall picked up its second win of the season Wednesday night, defeating Wilcox Tech 65-41 in a non-conference boys basketball game on the road.
The Trojans were led by senior forward Justin Hackett, who finished the night with a double-double that included 23 points.
Nazier Medina and Brady Campbell each added 13 points for the Trojans, while Griffin Nielander had a solid performance for Wilcox Tech, hitting four 3-pointers and finishing with 20 points.
“It was good for our confidence,” Lyman Hall coach Rob Ruys said of the victory. “You know, we entered tonight 1-5; we’ve been battling with some good teams. But it’s good to get a W and the guys are psyched about it.”
Lyman Hall took command from the opening tip. The Trojans won it and scored the game’s first basket in four seconds. They had a 10-0 lead to begin the quarter.
Wilcox responded with eight straight points, cutting the gap to 10-8 before the Trojans reeled off 13 straight.
The Trojans led the Wildcats 25-10 after one. Medina led all scorers with eight points in the first quarter, including a pair of threes. Every Lyman Hall starter had at least four points in the quarter.
Lyman Hall cooled off in the second quarter, scoring just 12 points. Hackett had the first eight after being fouled a few times and being an interior force. Hackett finished the half with a team-high 14 points.
“My teammates did a good job getting me the ball down low and I was able to finish with a few and-one's,” said Hackett.
Nielander made it a competitive quarter after nailing a few threes for Wilcox. The junior had 12 points by the end of the first half.
The home team’s’ best effort came in the third quarter. Applying pressure defense, Wilcox outscored the Trojans 15-14. Nielander had eight points in the frame.
Down 16, Wilcox scored the first five points in the fourth quarter to cut the Trojans’ lead to 11. The Trojans responded by scoring the next 10 points, seven coming from Hackett, to push the advantage to 61-41.
Lyman Hall closed out the game scoring the final four points for the 65-41 final.
The Trojans went 6-for-10 from the line. Wilcox was 8-for-15. The Wildcats hit seven 3’s to Lyman Hall's five.
Wilcox committed just 11 fouls to Lyman Hall’s 13, but had far more turnovers.
Lyman Hall improved to 2-5 on the season. The Wildcats dropped to 0-6.
The Indians will go after that first win when they host the Platt Tech Panthers on Friday at 7 p.m. The Trojans will be looking to pick up their second win in a row as they host the Guilford Grizzlies, also on Friday at 7 p.m.
“We’ve got to play solid basketball,” said Ruys. “The SCC is tough, it’s a battle every night, and we’ve got to go out there and play four tough quarters.”