STRATFORD — Losing didn’t sit well with Quinn Guth, especially not after turning in a performance that his coach described as “terrible.”
Guth certainly made up for it on Friday, pouring in a game-high 28 points in Immaculate’s 69-57 victory over Stratford at Needham Memorial Gymnasium.
“Quinn is a kid that gets ready for big games. He had a terrible game last game,” Mustangs coach Nelson Mingachos said, referring to Guth’s 11-point performance in Monday’s 66-62 loss to Prince Tech. “After that game, he went to the gym and started taking shots at 9 o’clock at night. He came in focused and ready to go, and today he played outstanding.”
The Mustangs rode Guth’s hot shooting — the sophomore guard hit six 3-pointers, all in the first three quarters — to their 10th win in 13 tries this season.
Michael Basile and Jack Woods each chipped in 13 points for Immaculate.
“The big thing is we all pick each other up,” Guth said. “We all know it can be anybody (leading us in scoring) on any given night.”
Stratford (8-4) scored the game’s first five points, but Immaculate responded with a 15-0 run that extended into the second quarter. The Mustangs stretched their lead to 10 points (28-18) at halftime and a game-high 19 points (43-24) late in the third quarter.
The Red Devils, who entered the game winners of three straight and five of their last six games, used a fourth-quarter surge to pull within 52-47 with 2:25 left. But they didn’t get any closer.
“It’s hard to play from behind against them,” Stratford coach Tim Swaller said. “Give them credit, they played at a much higher energy level than us. “They hit a ton of shots in the first half. I thought we were sluggish.
“We put ourselves in a big hole.”
Mike August and Joe August shared the team lead with 13 points for Stratford.
The Red Devils trailed 12-5 after the first quarter.
“We weren’t as aggressive as we wanted to be,” Swaller said. “We didn’t shoot a foul shot in the first half.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Quinn Guth, Immaculate, G: The sophomore scored a game-high 28 points with the help of six 3-pointers.
SO FAR, SO GOOD
Immaculate’s three losses have come against teams with a combined record of 31-1 entering Friday: Notre-Dame Fairfield, Danbury and Prince Tech. The Lancers are ranked No. 2 in the GameTimeCT/Register poll, and the Hatters are ranked No. 8. “If you had told me at the beginning of the year that we would be sitting at 10-3 right now, I would think you’re crazy,” Immaculate coach Nelson Mingachos said.
“They shot well. We knew they were going to shoot well. I thought it was more of an issue of not what we were doing, but how we were doing it. I thought we defended with no urgency.” — Stratford coach Tim Swaller
IMMACULATE 69, STRATFORD 57
Isaiah Payton 3 0-0 6 Michael Basile 5 3-6 13 Jack Woods 5 2-2 13 Quinn Guth 6 10-12 28 Ronan Doherty 3 1-2 9. Totals 22 16-22 69.
Jack Ryan 5 2-4 12 Mike August 5 2-3 13 Joe August 5 1-1 13 Sean Carroll 4 0-1 8 John Bike 5 0-0 11. Totals 24 5-9 57.
IMMACULATE 12 16 17 24 — 69
STRATFORD 5 13 11 28 — 57
3-pointers: I — Guth 6, Doherty 2, Woods; S — J. August 2, M. August, Bike. Fouled out: S — Ryan.