Greenwich hoops gets first win, blasts Wooster Academy 60-37

Greenwich High School's Griffin Golden looks to save the ball from going out of bounds during a game against Ludlowe last week. — John Ferris Robben photo

Greenwich High School’s Griffin Golden looks to save the ball from going out of bounds during a game against Ludlowe last week. — John Ferris Robben photo

The Greenwich High School boys basketball team can now take a deep breath and smile.

Coming off the Christmas break, Big Red traveled up to Wooster Academy and got its first victory of the season by pounding the host school 60-.37 Friday night.

“I am really happy for the kids,” Greenwich head coach Patrick Heaton said. “They have been working really hard since the first day and it’s tough starting out 0-3, but everybody’s a little happier today. The smiles are a little bigger now that we got our first victory this season.

Nobody had a better night than Conor Harkin. Only scoring three points in the first half, Harkin exploded in the second, scoring 16 points to pace the team.

“Conor had five three-pointers for the second time this year,” Heaton said. “In a span of a 90 seconds in the third quarter tonight, he had two three-pointers and a two-pointer. His eight points pushed our lead up to 15 and Wooster wasn’t able to recover from that.”

In addition to Harkin’s 19 points, Griffin Golden and Kieran Carroll each finished with eight points. Alex Yost and Joey Lanni each added six points in the winning effort.

“There were some really good defensive possessions that we had,” Heaton said. “We talked, we communicated and we switched over stuff. If we play man-t0-man as solid as we did at points during this game, it will really help us down the road. It would give us the confidence to go out there and beat all those good teams.”

One of the keys for Greenwich was getting out to its quick start. In the first quarter, Big Red outscored Wooster Academy 13-6.

“The first quarter lead really built their confidence,” Heaton said. “The kids really relaxed. We missed a few layups in the second quarter and we could of had a better lead. We ended the half up five, knowing we missed five or six easy layups. The kids had a lot of confidence coming out of the gate in the third quarter.”

While Heaton is thrilled to finally get that tally in the win column, he said that it’s the confidence a win gives that will help Big Red immensely.

“I think we need confidence more than anything right now,” Heaton said. “A win gives us the ability to believe that we can be successful down the road.”

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