Holy Cross boys make statement in season opener

Mickey West had 24 points in his Holy Cross debut. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69, 2017 file)

Holy Cross boys basketball made a statement on opening night Tuesday with a 93-62 road win over Seymour.
The Wildcats are expected to be a dangerous team in the NVL, but it was all Crusaders in this one. Mickey West, a transfer from Sacred Heart, had a game-high 24 points in his Holy Cross debut. Nyzair Rountree had 16 points, DeAndre Wallace added 15, Akili Evans scored 13 and Kyle Moser added 10 for the Crusaders.
Sacred Heart 95, Wolcott 59: The Hearts dominated the Eagles after the first quarter in the only opener between local teams.
Raheem Solomon and Isiah Gaiter went over 20 points, Solomon with 29 and Gaiter with 26. Connor Tierney tallied nine points in his debut.
Elmin Redzepagic and Jack Drewry each scored 11 points for Wolcott.
St. Paul 64, Woodland 44: The Falcons used a 12-4 first quarter to kickstart a win over the Hawks.
Tyler Arbuckle led the way with 17 points while Mike Palmieri added 15 points. Each player knocked down three 3-pointers. Matt Garry had a nice double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
WCA 82, Oxford 46: Marquan Watson and Matt Torres each went over 20 points in a Spartan blowout.
Watson had 22 points and Torres canned four 3-pointers on the way to 21 points. Jadan Battle chipped in 13 points for WCA.
Wilby 89, Derby 76: The high-powered Wildcats claimed a road win and had four players in double figures.
Christian Harris led the way with 22 points, and he was joined by Tyqway Harding (16), Calvin Hicks (14) and Damien Wade (12).
Torrington 82, Crosby 74: The Bulldogs won the three-point battle 13-11, but lost the game on the road to the Raiders.
Ivan Craig put together 19 points, including a team-high tying five 3-pointers. Justin Davis connected on five 3s and had 17 points. Markeese Days had 14 points, Kerwin Prince added 11, and Tyler Spears added 10, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Naugatuck 59, Kennedy 51: Josiah Parilla (15) and Marquise Blagmon (12) were in double figures for the Eagles in a road loss to the Greyhounds.
New Canaan 79, Kaynor Tech 57: Aaron Stewart led the Panthers with 26 points while Darren Guerrera added 14.