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BOYS BASKETBALL 2022-2023

State Champions - '87
All-State Players - Mike McMahon '85; Paul McMahon '87; Terry Rountree '91; Ivoree Stanley '95; Bruce Wesley '96; Matt Turner '98; Sly Williams '06 
Retired Numbers - Michael McMahon (Class of 1985) #31; Jerry Gambardella (Class of 2000) #21

Lack of Offense
Cold second half hurts in opening loss to Xavier
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(December 8, 2022)
 - The season opener for the West Haven boys basketball team did not go as planned. Scoring just 14 points in the second half, West Haven fell to Xavier 58-42 at West Haven High Thursday evening.
The Westies, who trailed 31-28 at the half, managed just six points in the third quarter to fall behind by 14 points. West Haven never caught up.
In an evenly played first quarter, West Haven trailed 17-16. Adam Elkharraz hit a pair of big 3-pointers and finished the quarter with seven points, while Jared Butler added five in the quarter.
The two teams continued to battle in the second quarter with Randy Alston knocking down a pair of 3-pointers and Bernett Scott scoring four points for the Westies.
The problem for the Westies was containing Xavier’s Anthony Parker, who finished with 31 points in the game. Parker had five points in the first quarter and nine in the second, before taking over with 11 in the third quarter.
West Haven hit only one field goal in the third quarter, coming from Alston, with the other four points coming from Isaiah Jackson at the free throw line.

Alston led West Haven with 10 points, while Elkharraz had nine, and Jackson added eight. Butler finished with seven points in the loss.


Two in a Row
Butler, Perry lead WH past Norwalk
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(December 19, 2022)
 - The West Haven boys basketball team improved to 2-1 with a 70-52 victory over Norwalk Monday evening. The Westies led by 16 at the half and never looked back in their second straight victory.
Jared Butler led the Westies with 30 points, while Jayce Perry scored 14. Adam Elkharraz scored nine and Isaiah Jackson added eight in the win.
Butler scored 10 points in the opening quarter to help West Haven to a 16-6 lead, before he added eight more in the second quarter. Perry also scored four times in the quarter.

Butler and Perry combined for 11 points in the third quarter as the Westies led 44-31. Butler, Elkharraz, and Jackson each scored six points in the final quarter when West Haven scored 26 points.


Westies fall to Kolbe
WH drops 55-45 decision 
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(December 28, 2022)
 - After a pair of victories, the West Haven boys basketball team knew it was in for quite a challenge when the team faced Kolbe Cathedral at the Floyd Little Athletic Center Wednesday afternoon. Despite a valiant effort, the Westies fell 55-45.
Najimi George proved to be a thorn in West Haven’s side as he scored 17 points and pulled down 17 rebounds.
West Haven was hurt in the second quarter as Kolbe went on a 15-5 run to turn a two-point game into a 29-17 Kolbe lead at the half. The Westies never recovered.
Despite an evenly played contest the rest of the way, the 12-point first half difference was too much to overcome.
Bernett Scott led West Haven with 11 points. Jayce Perry scored 10 and Randy Alston added nine in the loss. 


Cross tops Westies
Slow start hurts in loss
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 5, 2023)
 - The West Haven boys basketball team fell to 2-4 on the season with its third straight loss. The 92-70 home defeat against Wilbur Cross Thursday evening followed a nail-biting loss at Jonathan Law two days earlier.
Against the Governors, the Westies fell behind early and tried several times in the second half to make a comeback. West Haven was denied each time.
Trailing by 17 points in the third quarter, baskets by Bernett Scott and Bryan Tillman got the Westies within 51-38. A steal and basket by Tillman had the Westies within 53-40, before Cross increased the lead to 58-42.
Tillman then led an 8-2 run with a basket and two free throws to get the Westies within 60-51, but Cross nailed a 3-pointer with one second left in the third quarter to take a 63-51 lead.

Trailing by 14, Tillman drained a 3-pointer, but despite baskets by Isaiah Jackson and Scott, West Haven could not get within single digits again.


Fairfield Prep tops Westies
West Haven falls 60-50
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 11, 2023)
 - The West Haven boys basketball team fell to 3-5 with a 60-50 loss to Fairfield Prep at West Haven High Wednesday evening. The loss was West Haven’s fourth in its last five games.
The Westies jumped out to an early lead, but trailed by three points at the half. After taking a double- digit lead, the Westies could not hold on and Prep pulled away to win by 10.
West Haven took an 11-8 lead in the opening quarter as Adam Elkharraz scored five points. The Westies added 14 points in the second quarter as Jayce Perry scored seven points and Elkharraz scored five points.
Five different players scored in the third quarter as West Haven trailed 45-38. Perry scored four points and Elkharraz drained a 3-pointer. Joseph Williams scored five of his team’s fourth quarter points, while Bernett Scott added four.

Elkharraz led the Westies with 14 points, while Perry added 11, and Scott finished with 10 points.


Westies fall to Hillhouse
West Haven drops 70-57 decision
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 24, 2023)
 - The West Haven boys basketball team is looking to get into a groove. Unfortunately for the Westies, it has been a tough stretch of late.
Falling for the third straight game, and fourth time in its last five contests with a 70-57 home defeat against Hillhouse Tuesday evening, the Westies fell to 4-8 on the season.
The Westies got off to a slow start in the contest, trailing by six after one quarter and by 18 at the half. West Haven chipped away, but Hillhouse bounced back to lead by 16 points after three quarters.
In a slow start for the Westies, they scored just 10 points in the opening quarter on just three shots from the field, including 3-pointers from Adam El Kharraz and Jayce Perry, a basket by Perry , and two free throws by El Kharraz.
El Kharraz, who led West Haven with 18 points, scored eight more points in the second quarter, but only received offensive support from Bernett Scott and Perry with a bucket each in the same time frame.
Perry, with six points, and El Kharraz (5 points) led the way in the third quarter, but it was not enough for West Haven.

Perry finished the game with 15 points, and Scott added 12, including eight in the final 12 minutes. Joseph Williams added six points in the loss for West Haven. 


Balanced Attack
Westies top Prince Tech 77-51
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 30, 2023) 
- The West Haven boys basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 77-51 victory over Prince Tech at West Haven Monday evening. With the win, West Haven improved to 5-9 on the year.
The Westies had four players in double figures, led by Bernett Scott and Terez Johnson, each with 14. Jayce Perry finished with 12 points and Isaiah Jackson added 10 for the Westies.
West Haven led by six points after one quarter of play as Johnson had six points, four from the free throw line, and Williams had four. The Westies went up 33-24 in the second quarter behind six more from Johnson and four from Bryan Tillman, before pulling away in the third when Perry scored six points, and Scott, Jackson, and Randy Alston each scored three.
Scott helped West Haven seal the contest in the fourth quarter with nine points, while Jackson had five, and Perry four.

Tillman finished with eight points and Amari Brooks had six in the win.


Law tops Westies
WH falls 64-59
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 31, 2023)
 - Looking to gain some momentum after its win over Prince Tech, the West Haven boys basketball team faced a tough Jonathan Law team Tuesday evening. In a tight battle to the end, West Haven fell to the Lawmen 64-59 at West Haven High.
With the loss, the Westies fell to 5-10 on the year.
Adam El Kharraz led West Haven with 21 points, Jayce Perry scored 11, Bryan Tillman added nine, and Bernett Scott eight in the loss.  
The Westies took a 17-15 lead after one quarter as El Kharraz scored seven points, and Perry and Tillman each drained 3-pointers. Law held West Haven to just two field goals in the second quarter, including another 3-pointer by Tillman, to lead the Westies 30-26 at the half.
El Kharraz scored eight points and Scott contributed six in the third quarter, but the Westies still trailed by four points entering the final quarter.

The Westies were 10-of-18 at the free throw line, which proved to be the difference in the game.