On Tuesday, Cheshire High School boys’ basketball (2-14, 1-5 in Oronoque Division) ended a 13-game slide, winning 72-45 over North Haven (7-9, 1-5) to pick up their first division victory and earn a split of the season series.
CHS jumped out to a 9-3 lead, but North Haven rallied to tie the score at 13-13 to end the first quarter. The Indians went up 21-17 in the second, however Cheshire responded with transition basket from senior Jack Hickey and senior tri-captain Colby Griffin to draw even.
With the score tied at 23-23, senior tri-captain Alec Frione hit a three-pointer and then made two free throws with three seconds left to put CHS up 28-23 at halftime.
Cheshire came back to outscore the Indians, 24-11, in the third quarter. The Rams took advantage of a technical foul against North Haven, reeling off 10 points to go up 43-26. Frione drained a three-pointer and sank two free throws in that spurt, while Griffin made a pair of three-pointers in the third.
After missing just under four full games due to an ankle injury, Frione returned to score a personal-high 23 points. He sank three three-pointers in the victory.
Griffin posted 13 points. Senior Dylan Fohl, who came up with key blocks and loose balls in the win, netted a career-best nine points off the bench.
Hickey and junior Cole Feinauer both contributed six points. Senior tri-captain Shaan Vatti earned five points, including a three-pointer. Senior Jason Shumilla tallied four points in the second half.
In the fourth quarter, junior Connor DeLaubell hit a three-pointer and senior Jackson Cohen added a layup. Junior Yasha Laskin also sank a free throw in the win.
In the home finale on Saturday, CHS hosts Guilford (7-8) at 6 p.m. Before the game, Frione, Griffin, Vatti, Cohen, Fohl, Hickey, Jarred Miller, and Shumilla will be recognized on Senior Night.
On Jan. 21, Guilford won 68-58 over Cheshire.
Cheshire seeks to avenge a 68-58 loss on Jan. 21 at Guilford.
Boys’ Swim and Dive (8-3)
The Rams beat Suffield/East Windsor/Ellington/Windsor Locks Co-Op 98-67 at Cheshire Community Pool. Junior Harrison Hua captured the 200-yard individual medley (2:02.20) and 500-yard freestyle (5:07.24), while junior Justin Finkel was an individual winner in the 50-yard freestyle (23.36) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.28).
Senior tri-captain Sam Hanke (100-yard butterfly, 56.13), junior Noah Duncan (one-meter dive, 213.60), and sophomores Wes Johnson (200-yard freestyle, 2:00.64), Vincent Zhu (100-yard freestyle, 52.55), and Anmol Sapru (100-yard backstroke, 59.39) added individual victories.
Hanke, sophomore Ed Chen, Finkel, and freshman Alex Fang won the opening 200-yard medley relay (1:45.13). Senior Donald Demollari, Chen, Zhu, and Hua teamed to win the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.33). Junior Hayden Curello, freshman Silas Wang, Fang, and Hanke earned first place in the 400-yard freestyle (3:31.17).
On Friday, Cheshire hosts Daniel Hand at 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s varsity schedule:
Girls’ Ice Hockey (11-5-1)
Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Co-Op hosts Masuk/Barlow/Newtown/Lauralton Hall/Shelton Co-Op (1-16) at Louis Astorino Ice Arena in Hamden. Start: 3:45 p.m.
Skiing (Boys, 7-8; Girls, 0-9)
Cheshire boys and girls face Barlow, Danbury, Ridgefield, and Wilton at Mount Southington. Start: 4:15 p.m.
In the dual-meet finale, Cheshire hosts Shelton at 6:30 p.m.
Girls’ Basketball (3-14, 1-6 in Quinnipiac Division)
In the division finale, Cheshire looks to snap an eight-game skid when visiting Wallingford to play Lyman Hall (10-8, 2-4) at 7 p.m. CHS aims to avenge a 63-44 loss on Jan. 21.