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Westhill avenges loss to Bassick

Updated 12:33 am, Saturday, January 12, 2013
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BRIDGEPORT -- The maturation process can act in mysterious ways, especially in the world of high school basketball.

Westhill and Bassick are two young yet talented teams. Bassick beat Westhill by 18 points last month but the two teams met again Friday night and this time Westhill was victorious 84-75. So, how does one explain that?

"Winning by 18 hurt us," Bassick coach Bernie Lofton said after the FCIAC game. "Trying to get a young team to understand that it's a whole new game is not easy."

Now throw in how Westhill sophomore guard Jeremiah Livingston is maturing right before coach Howard White's eyes, and the explanation for the turnaround becomes quite clear. Livingston scored 26 points, dished out eight assists, pulled down nine rebounds and had five steals to pace the Vikings.

"Jeremiah was very good tonight," White said. "Being a sophomore, I wanted to work him into the lineup slowly but he stepped up and matured so quickly I had to play him more."

Livingston and Yveson Cassamajor (26 points) keyed an 11-minute 36-15 Westhill run from midway in the second quarter to late in the third that turned an 11-point deficit into a 10-point lead.

The Vikings then never surrendered the lead.

"I think Bassick may have been overconfident after beating us by 18 the last time," Livingston said.

Livingston took charge in the second half, especially after Bassick closed to within 51-48 late in the third quarter.

Two minutes later the FCIAC-leading Vikings (7-1, 6-0 FCIAC) were back up 60-50. After that they went 9 for 10 from the free-throw line down the stretch to clinch it.

"Considering the team we played, this was my best game," Livingston said.

Bassick (7-2, 5-2), led by Demetrius Young's 18 points, appeared on its way to another lopsided win over the Vikings after a 11-0 run early in the second quarter gave the Lions a 24-13 lead. But, led by Livingston and Cassamajor, the Vikings completely turned the game around.

"They had a good feel for us after playing us already," Lofton said. "They had a lot more energy tonight. They were ready for our pressure. Whatever we did, they had the answer. (Livingston) was good but the twins (Cassamajor and brother Guyveson) were good, too. Hey, they're all good."

"As good as Jeremiah was tonight, we don't have a superstar," White added.

Guyveson Cassamajor added 10 points while CJ Donaldson and Ariel Delacruz also played well for Westhill.

Bassick had five players in double figures besides Young: Devon Bromwell had 14 points, Curhone Baldwin had 13 while Kobe Ancrumand and Carl Brown had 11 each. Anthony Brown added five rebounds.

The Vikings outrebounded the Lions 36-25, including 20-6 in the second half.

WESTHILL (7-1, 6-0 FCIAC)

Jeremiah Livingston 9 7-10 26; Terell Middleton 1 0-0 2; YvesonCassamajor 8 8-8 26; GuyvesonCassamajor 3 1-2 10; Ariel Delacruz 4 0-0 8; CJ Donaldson 3 2-4 8; Evan Skoparantzos 2 0-0 4; Marquis Giddiens 0 0-0 0. Totals: 30-60 18-24 84

BASSICK (7-2, 5-2)

Kobe Ancrum 5 1-1 11; DevanBromwell 5 2-3 14; Anthony Brown 2 2-3 6; Dale Kirkland 0 0-0 0; Demetrius Young 6 4-4 18; Curhone Baldwin 4 2-2 13; Donald Young 1 0-0 2; Carl Brown 3 5-7 11; David Steele 0 0-0 0. Totals: 26-61 16-20 75

WESTHILL 13 18 23 30--84

BASSICK 13 20 15 27--75

3-pointers: W--G.Cassamajor 3, Y.Cassamajor 2, Livingston; B--Baldwin 3, D.Young 2, Bromwell 2.

Highlights: W--Livingston 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals, Y.Cassamajor 6 rebounds, Skoparantzos 6 rebounds; B--Brown 5 rebounds.