WESTERLY — David Tiedemann scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half as the Westerly High boys basketball team picked up one of its better wins this season, 67-48, against Middletown on Monday night.
Westerly is 15-6 overall and 14-3 in the league. The victory guaranteed the Bulldogs a spot in the D-II quarterfinals next week.
“In the second half, there was a concerted effort to get the big guy involved on the perimeter and in the paint,” Westerly coach Mike Gleason said, referring to Tiedemann. “We had good screens and good ball reversals. It was one of our best offensive halves of the year. This was our best win of the year.”
Tiedemann, a 6-foot-8 forward, also contributed 12 rebounds. Taber Gates finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Chas Morgan contributed 16 points with four 3-pointers.
Westerly limited the Islanders’ leading scorer, Rasheed Lozada, to just three points; Aidan Murphy, a 1,000 point scorer, had nine.
“Taber held Lozada to three and Chas Morgan did a great job on Murphy,” Gleason said. “Murphy plays with a lot of energy and Chas was able to match that energy.”
John Luzzi and Bereket Janat had five assists each.
Middletown (16-5, 14-4) was coming off a lopsided loss to Barrington.
Westerly takes on East Greenwich (15-2), which lost to Narragansett on Monday, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a Senior Night contest. A victory would give Westerly the No. 3 seed in the D-II tournament, Gleason said.
— Keith Kimberlin