0-1: Barlow upsets Westhill in season opener

Photo courtesy of Mark Conrad // Parrish Rowell avoids a defender and tries to put up a lay-up.

Westhill lost their first game of the season to Joel Barlow last night by a score of 45-42. Many around Stamford consider this loss a major upset. Joel Barlow went 12-11 last year, and were one of the lowest scoring teams in the FCIAC. This season, they were out to change the narrative and so far, it looks like they have. “I thought we did a really good job adjusting in the second quarter because Westhill played really well,” said Barlow head coach Matt Whelan.

Joel Barlow took a commanding 19-12 lead in the first quarter, and they never looked back. “We were not boxing out at all. We were not looking for the open man. Too much one-on-one and that is something we can’t continue to do.” Said Westhill head coach Howard White. Westhill’s Parrish Rowell had 16 points while Tyrell Alexander and Voshon Natal collected 11. On the other end of the court, Joel Barlow was led by Darian Cook, Tommy Rossini, and Ryan Corr who all contributed on offense and defense to help the Falcons get their second win of the season.

Westhill’s coaching staff is going to have to be patient this season with a developing offense. It is not like last year where you could expect 55 or more points in a game. This is a team that is going to have it’s ups and downs but if they can stay consistent, the Vikings will be just fine.

Westhill has a busy schedule to kick off the season. The Vikings will play Stratford on December 23rd, and Bassick on December 28th. Both games are at 7PM in the Westhill Gym. The Vikings will not get to hand back revenge to the Eagles, so one can only hope they meet in the FCIAC playoffs in February.

UPCOMING GAMES:

12/23 vs. Stratford @ 7PM – HOME

12/28 vs. Bassick @ 7PM – HOME

1/5 vs. Danbury @ 7PM – ROAD

1/7 vs. Weston @ 7PM – HOME

1/8 vs. Greenwich @ 7PM – HOME

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