MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown boys basketball coach Rick Privott said he thinks his team is beginning to round into shape.
“I think we’re getting there,” Privott said, following his team’s 72-26 romp over Plainville in a Central Connecticut Conference South Division game at the LaBella-Sullivan Gymnasium Tuesday evening.
“Tyshaun [James] is maybe coming along a little more slowly from the football injuries, but he’ll be fine,” Privott added. “Markevious [Snead] is much more confident this year and is therefore much improved. Last year he was a little reluctant to take a jump shot, but we’ve been talking with him and I told him he has a good one. He’s confident and he’s knocking it down.”
Middletown (3-2) got 13 points from Snead and six from James and was led by Ahmod Prvott’s 18. Ten players scored for the Blue Dragons. While Privott substituted throughout, he also saw to it his starters got considerable playing time.
Both James and Snead missed time in the early this season because of injuries.
“It’s important for our kids to get playing time as they have been together for just two games,” Privott said. “In a game like this, it was also important for us not to fall into bad habits and to do the basic, fundamental things like moving our feet on defense, boxing out and just playing good defense. We did all of those things tonight.”
Middletown, which sank 10 three-point shots, raced to a 20-4 first quarter lead. Privott opened the game with a trey, added a hoop, and Snead had three baskets as MHS took an 11-0 lead before Plainville got on the board with four minutes left in the first quarter.
The Dragons poured it on in the second and a Privott trey just before the horn gave Middletown a 35-9 lead at the break Privott had 13 and Snead had nine in the first half.
Pierre Ramirez’ hoop enabled the Blue Devils to break into double figures with 5:36 to go in the third and Middletown led 59-15 after three. MHS’ starters didn’t play in the fourth quarter.
Middletown was 29-for-46 from the field for 63 percent. Only from the foul line were the Dragons unsuccessful, making just 4-of-11.
DeAaron Lawrence had nine points, Daquan Singletary had seven and Jordan Council had six for Middletown.
Jarrad Demmon had six for Plainville (0-6) which had just nine field goals.
Aveon Woods led MHS with five assists and Snead led with six rebounds.
Middletown is at Bristol Eastern Thursday for another CCC South game.