Overall, it has been smooth sailing in the SWC for the Immaculate boys' basketball team. The Mustangs remained undefeated in conference play through the first week of February, but not without some challenges along the way.
In what could be a preview of things to come in the conference tournament — namely the championship, perhaps? — the Mustangs nipped host Newtown 54-53 on February 4. Immaculate handed Newtown's its first conference loss by the slimmest of margins.
Diego Echavarria scored 20 points, had 10 rebounds and dished out four assists; Sean Guiry also registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds; and Joey Rios: had points, nine rebounds and three blocks in the Newtown game.
Jack Petersen had 18 points and Tyson Mobley scored 15, both sinking hitting a trio of 3-pointers, to lead the NHS.
"It was a great high school game — both teams with a lot of passion. For us it’s just another game and we just need to get better each and everyday at practice. Sure the bulls eye gets bigger on our backs, boys understand that’s the deal if you play for Immaculate," Immaculate Coach Nelson Mingachos said.
Although Newtown and Immaculate have been two of the best in the conference, there are plenty of other candidates to be penciled in as possible favorites.
Weston, like Newtown, has just one conference loss (at the hands of Bunnell); Newtown will visit Weston on February 20 at 7 pm. Immaculate hosts Weston February 25, also at 7. Kolbe Cathedral, which has lost only to Weston and Immaculate in conference play, will host Newtown on February 14 at 7.
There is always lots of parity in the SWC. New Milford has only one conference win but nearly pulled off an upset of Newtown (read about the Green Wave here). Joel Barlow has also been competitive with the best, narrowly falling to Newtown and seeing Immaculate pull away in the fourth quarter of a close one.
In a 64-57 win over Bunnell on February 7, Mike Iannetta scored 18, Echavarria had 14, Guiry 11 and Rios 10 points and 11 boards for the Mustangs.