The Beavers proved once again that they can play with anyone in the CCC, beating HPHS 72-52 in the Babe Allen Fieldhouse at Bulkeley High School Tuesday night.
Weaver will play Maloney in the CCC finals on Thursday at Central Connecticut State University at 7 p.m.
Hartford Public didn’t really have a chance to get there. Before the Owls could even get on the board, Weaver was already up 8-0, led by the freshman brother duo of Jaecee and Chaylynn Martin.
The two combined for 30 points and did it with ease.
Jaecee, the point guard thrust into the role after Josh Jones went down with an injury earlier in the season has embraced the spot and literally run with it.
“It’s been a process with him learning the game, getting used to the varsity speed, now that he’s there, he’s playing great,” Weaver coach Reggie Hatchett said.
He split the HPHS defense countless times tonight getting to the rack with simplicity, scoring 16 points. His bother got the job done as well, mostly underneath the rim, except for one play late in the game where he was above it.
With a minute left and the game clearly over, Chaylynn Martin streaked toward the basket after a steal by Willie James. Received a pass from his brother, elevated and brought the house down with a strong one-handed slam.
In what could have been a home game for either team, Weaver rolled.
The Beavers usually play a full-court press on defense, but tonight just used a half court attack, meeting the ball-handler at the timeline every single possession. This pressure caused four back court violations on the Owls and frustrated them the entire game.
“They thought we could only play up and down, so we surprised them with the half court attack instead of the full court attack,” Hatchett said. “We played them before and we were up heavy and we allowed them to come back.”
They met back on January 27 at Weaver with HPHS winning 80-73.
The closest Hartford Public got in the second half was 14 points after a three from Juwan Gratic, who finished the game with nine points. Shakeem James led the Owls with 15 points and Chevon Grant added 12.
“They’re a good team and scrappy like us, I anticipate it being a dog fight,” Hatchett said. “I know that they play full court pressure, that’s the type of game that we like to play, so we’re looking forward to that match-up on Thursday.”
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