Boys’ basketball: Windsor Locks defeats Suffield

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Thu., Dec. 29, 2011
Windsor Locks blocks Suffield in Dec. 20's match-up. Windsor Locks took the win, 50-39.
Windsor Locks blocks Suffield in Dec. 20's match-up. Windsor Locks took the win, 50-39.

It was standing room only for the Dec. 20 match-up between division rivals Suffield and Windsor Locks. With parents, students and visiting alumni home for the holidays, supporters of every age packed the bleachers for basketball’s version of the double-header – the girls’ game first, followed by the boys’ varsity showdown.

At tip-off in the boys’ game, Suffield High took the early lead, but the Raiders came on strong and did not relent. Six-year head coach Mike Mascaro commented on his goals for Windsor Locks in the 2011-2012 season: “I think we have enough talent to be in the top four or five in the league right now,” he said. “We need to play together as a team and have the young, inexperienced guys step up. We were regular season co-champs with Enfield last year.” The Raiders will play Enfield in the last game of the season, Feb. 22, at Enfield.

Assisted by coaches Dan Copes and Andrew Pisati, Mascaro and the 10-player varsity Raiders stood at 1-2 as of press time.

With a relatively young team, Mascaro is looking toward his seniors for leadership in 2012. “All five seniors have varsity experience and need to help the younger kids transition to being on the varsity team,” the coach said. Taylor Gorzkowski, Conor Pepin (C), Brandon McIntosh, Greg Weigert (C) and Spencer Brazalovich make up the senior starters.

At 6’6”, Gorzkowski is the height in the Windsor Locks line up. “Taylor, one of our team strengths, will cause match-up problems with a lot of teams,” the coach said. “He’s quick and athletic.”

With the exception of Gorzkowski, Mascaro sees rebounding as an overall area for the Raiders’ to improve. “We are small, and have some inexperience,” he said.

Size was not an issue against Suffield, as the Raiders came out on top in a 50-39 victory. The lead scorers for WLHS were Brandon McIntosh (15), Brandon Gilbert (4), Spencer Brazalovich (5), Taylor Gorzkowski (17), Nathan Pierce (3), and Greg Weigert (6).
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