Wethersfield’s Max Albert tries to gain possession of the ball.
Eagles Baskteball Makes a Comeback Against Platt
WETHERSFIELD - A solid all-around performance from junior Ryan Peterson helped the Wethersfield High School basketball team to rebound from two consecutive losses in a dominant 68-31 victory over Platt High School on Friday night at home.
Peterson led the charge with 16 points, while hauling in rebounds and dishing out assists in a contest that was all Eagles from the opening tip off.
“He did everything tonight,” said Eagles head coach Brian Fanelli after the game. “He can get rebounds, get great shots, cut to the basket. He did a lot of good things.”
He wasn’t the only one, however. Senior captain Bryant Molloy was not far off in points, with 15 of his own. Wethersfield not only lit up the scoreboard, but kept the Panthers off of it for most of the game as well. The Eagles only gave up 16 first half points.
“We pressured them,” Fanelli said. “We mixed up our defense pretty well. We had some good man-to-mans. Everyone was in tune tonight to play this game.”
After taking a 29-16 lead into the second half, the Eagles had a third quarter explosion that would more than double the deficit heading into the fourth. Peterson took over the game with 3:20 left in the third, when he found senior captain Dan Devaux with a court-length pass through traffic to give him a clean break to the basket and Wethersfield a 46-16 lead.
Peterson would take one in himself for a breakaway layup following a half court turnover on the ensuing Panther possession, but he wasn’t done after that. At the 2:30 mark of the third quarter, Peterson stole a pass and took it the length of the court for a bucket that put the Eagles up 49-18. With just over a minute to go in the quarter, Peterson found Molloy all alone underneath the basket, threading the ball from up top, and through traffic to set him up for the score that would make it 53-18.
“They shared the ball tonight-that’s what worked,” Fanelli said. “More guys get involved, [you] score a lot more points.”