Third time's the charm for Griswold Middle School boys
By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Jewett City - posted Sun., Feb. 13, 2011
Victory was especially sweet for the Griswold Middle School boys’ basketball team last week.
Facing down a Plainfield team that had just barely beaten them twice during the regular season, the boys pulled out a 37-32 squeaker in the Quinebaug Valley Junior Conference tournament Thursday. They maintained their lead despite a vigorous comeback attempt from Plainfield in the fourth period, after Griswold had piled up a 12-point lead.
Coach Chad Barclay said that his players knew better than to get complacent with the wide margin at the start of the fourth period. “They knew the game wasn’t over,” he said. “They knew (Plainfield) would come back.”
Both the previous losses to Plainfield had been by one-point margins, said Barclay, so the game was something of a grudge match. “They are our arch-rivals,” he said.
Barclay said he was gratified to be told his team looked like they knew what they were doing on the court Thursday night.
“These guys grew up playing together,” he said. “We’ve been going over plays numerous times in practice.”
The Wolverines ended the regular season in third place in the QVJC, but their win put them into the conference tournament’s final round. They were due to confront number one team Woodstock on Wednesday.
Barclay called the win over Plainfield a true team effort. “They all did great. It’s hard to single anyone out,” he said. He did, however, have high praise for guards Cole Mileski and Zach Hankins. “They did an excellent job at the end to preserve the win,” he said.
Another defensive standout was Brock Kraemer. Barclay said that Kraemer “was assigned to one player to stay with him, and he did a wonderful job with that.”
Top scorers for the game were Brandon Yeaton and Jordan Baker. The team’s record for the regular season stands at 8-6.