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ND rallies to knock off Weston

Updated 2:55 pm, Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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Trailing by nine in the second half the Notre Dame-Fairfield boys basketball team could've packed it in.

Instead, the Lancers turned up the heat.

ND outscored Weston 43-15 over the final 14:22, for a 70-51 win on Friday night at ND.

"Defensively, we came back to life," ND coach Vin Laczkoski said. "We really defended."

Earl Coleman led all scorers with 19 points, grabbing nine rebonds, and Jaylen Jennings scored 16 points and had nine rebounds.

"We played hard, we played smart and we played together," Jennings said.

The Lancers followed up their win over Weston with a 73-51 win over Masuk on Monday, lifting their record to 6-3.

Junior guard Asher Lee-Tyson led Weston with 13 points. The Trojans dropped their fifth straight.

"We don't have a deep bench right now, because we have a few people injured," Weston coach Mike Hvizdo said. "It's hard to play the intensity ... with five or six guys."

Though it was outscored 18-11 in the first quarter, Weston controlled the second quarter, then scored the third's first six points, building a 36-27 advantage.

But Jennings took over. The junior forward scored 14 of his 16 in the second half, many of which came on layups after Coleman and Dan Upchurch's dribble penetration.

"I came out a little flat," Jennings said. "I didn't want to disappoint my teammates, and I knew I had to step my game up."

"He had his hands ready down low, anytime (Upchurch) penetrated, he was ready and he finished everything," Laczkoski said.

Upchurch also finished with 18 points, 11 of which came in the first half, despite battling the flu.

"We were more under control, especially with the flu," Laczkoski said. "We were a little nervous going in, because Weston is a physical team."

Thanks to Lee-Tyson's eight points and Erik Dammen-Brower's seven, the Trojans outscored ND 19-9 in the second quarter. Ethan Lee-Tyson scored Weston's final five points of the half, helping it take a 30-27 lead into the intermission.

"They made great shots," Laczkoski said. "But we didn't contest them. They had their legs too."

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ND-Fairfield 70, Weston 51

Weston 2-5

Ethan Lee-Tyson 2 0-0 5 Asher Lee-Tyson 5 0-0 13 Charlie DiPasquale 4 0-0 9 Erik Dammen-Brower 4 4-4 12 Grant Limone 2 0-1 4 Jordan Schffer 0 0-0 0 Julian Bombart 0 0-0 0 Matthew Folger 4 0-2 8 Totals 21 4-9 51.

ND-Fairfield 5-3

Dan Upchurch 4 8-13 18 Earl Coleman 8 3-3 19 Kevin Laing 2 1-1 5 Jaylen Jennings 6 4-6 16 Jake Heaton 3 0-0 9 Jesse McIntosh 0 1-2 1 Jordan Pettway 0 2-2 2 Tajik Bagley 0 0-0 0 Raphael Torres 0 0-0 0 Rob Ceballos 0 0-0 0 Joseph Mangiamele 0 0-0 0 Totals 23 19-27 70

3-pointers: Weston 5 (A. Lee Tyson 2, E. Lee-Tyson, Dipasquale); ND 5 (Heaton 3, Upchurch 2); Fouled Out-- W: E. Lee Tyson, Limone, Dipasquale; ND: Laing.

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