Despite a career-high 22 points and four three-pointers from junior guard Luke Nieman on Monday, Cheshire High School boys’ basketball (1-3) dropped their third straight game, 50-44, to East Haven (2-1). In their home opener, CHS used back-to-back three-pointers from Nieman and junior Eric Levens to build a 12-9 lead in the first quarter, but the Yellow Jackets rallied to end the second on a 10-2 run and take a 23-16 advantage at halftime.
Senior Ian Reynolds sank a three-pointer to put East Haven up 35-26, but Nieman ended the third quarter with a basket and then sank two three-pointers early in the fourth. Sophomore Jack Markarian also scored on a put back to help fuel a 10-2 surge that cut East Haven’s lead to 37-36.
Junior EJ Quint drained a three-pointer to pull the Rams to within 44-41. Markarian came up with a block under two minutes, but the Rams had a shot spin off the rim and East Haven held on to get the road win. The Yellow Jackets made 10 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Markarian tallied six points for CHS, while senior tri-captains Yasha Laskin and and Conner DeLaubell both finished with five.
East Haven seniors Nick Furino (17) and Alias Ford (16) combined for 33 points.
On Wednesday, Cheshire hosts Hamden (0-4) at 6 p.m.
Girls’ Basketball (1-3)
Due to a leak in the roof, CHS had their road game against East Haven (0-4) postponed to Tuesday at 5 p.m.