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Sophomore Joey Caslin and the Westbrook boys’ basketball squad took a 70-53 road loss against Old Lyme in the Shoreline Conference Tournament quarterfinal on Feb. 29. Also pictured is junior Brenden Engles. (File photo by Kelley Fryer/Harbor News | Buy This Photo)
Sophomore Alex Zanzalari and the Westbrook girls’ basketball team are headed to the Class S State Tournament this week and open play with a road contest against Wolcott Tech at Kaynor Technical School on Friday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. (File photo by Kelley Fryer/Harbor News | Buy This Photo)
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The Westbrook boys’ basketball team finished up its regular season contests and began postseason play last week. The Knights ended regular-season play with a loss against Haddam-Killingworth. After that, No. 8 seed Westbrook took on top-seeded Old Lyme in the Shoreline Conference Tournament quarterfinal and lost the contest. With the two defeats, Westbrook’s overall record fell to 8-14.
On Feb. 25, the Knights took a 77-53 road loss to Haddam-Killingworth. Westbrook fell behind 19-9 in the first quarter, and H-K extended its lead to 36-21 by the end of the first half. The Knights were outscored 41-31 in the second half to ultimately take the 77-53 defeat.
Jack Naccarato led Westbrook’s offense with 16 points, while Joey Caslin provided nine points in the loss. Brenden Engles (7), Brandon Naccarato (6), Sammy Freeman (4), and Luca Troop (4) also put some points on the board for the Knights.
On Feb. 29, Westbrook lost a 70-53 road contest against Old Lyme in the Shoreline quarters. The Wildcats got out to a hot start and took a 17-4 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Westbrook’s offense started to show some life, but Old Lyme still took a 41-17 advantage into halftime. The Wildcats added onto the lead with a 20-16 third quarter, and the Knights 11-point advantage in the 20-9 final frame proved too little too late.
Jack Naccarato poured in 22 points for the Knights, and Engles added 10 points. Jesse Whitney provided eight points, while Nick Palumbo scored four.
Next, the Knights will compete in the Division V State Tournament beginning on Thursday, March 5 and ending on Sunday, March 22 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Westbrook opens play in the Class S State Tournament as the No. 23 seed this week. The Knights, who have an overall record of 6-15, will head to Kaynor Technical School to face No. 10 seed Wolcott Tech for a first-round game on Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. With a win, Westbrook would face the winner of No. 7 Thomaston and No. 26 Hale-Ray in the second round on Friday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. The quarterfinals are on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m.; the semifinals take place on Monday, March 16; and the Class L state final will be held at Mohegan Sun Arena on either Saturday, March 21 or Sunday, March 22.
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