DERBY - In a match between two NVL boys basketball teams in search of their first win of the season, Derby High School managed to outlast Watertown High School, 50-47 on January 6.
The Raiders, who came into the game with the same 0-5 record as WHS did, held Watertown to four points in the fourth quarter, erasing a three-point deficit after the third quarter.
For the first time this season, the first quarter was played tight by the locals, who trailed by only 17-15 after the opening eight minutes of play.
By the time the halftime buzzer went off, Watertown had taken a 32-30 lead, a lead they held heading into the final eight.
Led by Angel Aviles, who finished with a game-high 26 points, the Raiders scored just enough while putting the clamps on the Watertown attack, which was led by Eric Forte’s 13 points and Cam Guerrera’s 12.
1 2 3 4 T
Watertown 15 17 11 4 47
Derby 17 13 10 10 50
Nyjahn Wade 3-0-7; Peyton DeFeo 0-0-0; Sam Weidemier 4-0-8; Eric Forte 5-3-13; Cam Guerrera 4-4-12; Ian Cronin 2-0-5; Giovanni Hurdle 0-0-0; Ty Housen 0-0-0-0; Abdul Shahid 0-0-0. TOTALS: 19-7-47.
3-pt FG: Cronin, Wade.
EAGLES SOAR OVER WHS
At the Cook Gym on January 4, WHS began 2022 on a down note, falling to Kennedy High School, 78-34, dropping them to 0-3 against the top-heavy Brass Division and 0-5 overall.
Managing to shoot only 23 percent from the field doomed WHS, which again was stymied in a first quarter which saw the Eagles take a 16-8 lead, one they opened up to 41-20 at halftime.
Four players led Kennedy with double-digit point totals; they were Synciere Alves (16), Chauncey Hicks (15), Sean Reid (14), and Dayven Zeilinski (13).
That’s balance, and it sent the Eagles to their second win in three games.
In all, it was not a night to file in the memory book for Watertown, which was held scoreless at the free throw line, missed all 23 of it’s three-point field goal attempts and did not have anyone finish in double-digits in the points column.
Watertown, as always was active on the boards, grabbing 37 rebounds, with 12 players in the stat book, led by Eric Forte and Cam Guerrera with seven apiece and Sam Wediemier with five grabs.
Payton DeFeo led Watertown with three assists and two steals, but the locals were a turnover machine, as the opportunistic Eagles created 32 WHS giveaways.
1 2 3 4 T
Kennedy 16 25 18 19 78
Watertown 8 12 6 8 34
Nyjahn Wade 1-0-2; Peyton DeFeo 2-0-4; Abdul Madaha 1-0-2; Sam Weidemier 3-0-6; Eric Forte 2-0-4; Cam Guerrera 3-0-6; Ian Cronin 0-0-0; Kyle Simpson 1-0-2; Finn Street 2-0-4; Colin Krayeske 0-0-0; Giovanni Hurdle 1-0-2; Tyler Demirs 0-0-0; Abdul Shahid 1-0-2. TOTALS: 17-0-34.
3-pt FG: None.