By Payton Shays
The New London boys basketball team picked up their first win of the season on Saturday night after losing to their conference foe Plymouth the previous day.The Cats fell to Big Red 39-59 at home on Friday night Plymouth is the defending conference champions and conference favorite this season. The Big Red were able to avenge their only conference loss of the season last year to the Wildcats. Big Red went winless in New London's gym for five years, but that streak was ended on Friday night. New London trailed Plymouth by 16 points at the end of the first half. New London was led in scoring by sophomore Ryan Lane with 15 points, no other Wildcat scored in double digits. Lane was also the leader in rebounding with seven of New London's 22 for the night. Plymouth doubled the Wildcats rebounding stats with 41 total. The second half remained neutral in scoring but the Big Red kept their lead after outlasting the Cats in the first half. The following night the boys traveled to Wellington and avenged their loss to the Dukes from last season with a 51-37 score. This led to head coach Tom Howell's 125th win in his tenth season as the Wildcat head coach. Wellington hung with New London through the first half, but late in the third and fourth quarters the Wildcats pulled away to their 10 point advantage. John Brady, standing at 6'5", stepped up big in the win with 12 points, six blocks, and 14 rebounds. Brady was the second leading scorer for the night just behind Nate Thomas who secured 16 points in the win. This put the Wildcats at an overall record of 3-1 for the season. The team hopes to add two more wins to that record as they take on two conference competitors this weekend. Tomorrow night, tip-off for the JV game will be at 6 p.m. at Crestview High School as the Wildcats look to cage the Cougars. The Cats will follow up the next night by traveling to Western Reserve to take on the Roughriders.