Tomahawks drop CCC game, preparing for states
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Sun., Feb. 27, 2011
Glastonbury coach Jim Vaughan was at a loss for words after his team dropped a second-round CCC tournament game to Northwest Catholic, 87-48, on Feb. 26.
When asked what he and his team learned after the loss, Vaughan replied, “Nothing. We learned Northwest was a very good team.”
The Tomahawks’ Nico Donato lead his team with 14 points, but both JC Carr and Kuran Iverson had 21 points each for Northwest Catholic, who are undefeated at 22-0 for the season. The Indians stymied the Tomahawks, with aggressive defense and quick transitions that seemed to always lead to points.
Iverson, who is listed as 6’ 8’’, blocked several Glastonbury shots. The tallest Tomahawks, Jack Sellew and Sam Donato, are 6’ 4’’.
NWC will play Windsor on March 1 in a semifinal match. Windsor’s (19-1) one loss on the season was to Glastonbury. Glastonbury had defeated E.O. Smith in the first round, 47-42.
“We’ll be fine,” he said. “We didn’t quit, but we just couldn’t do much right, other than that. I thought we played a really good game against E.O. Smith, but I don’t think, if we had played great today,we could have won with the way they [NWC] played.”
Vaughan said although his group got beaten by a “better team,” the Tomahawks won’t let it stop them from preparing for the upcoming state tournament.
“We’re still going to work on the same kind of stuff we’ve been doing,” Vaughan said. “I’m still proud of my group.”
With a record of 14-7 and an experienced, upper-classmen-heavy squad, Glastonbury is still planning to make some noise in the class LL CIAC state tournament, and would likely be in the middle of the pack, as far as seedings go.
“We will be fine, “ Vaughan said, “and we will be ready for the state tournament. I guarantee it.”
Fortunately, the Tomahawks won’t have to face Northwest Catholic again, who will enter the class L tournament, along with fellow undefeated teams, Maloney and New London.