MHS vs. SWHS boys' basketball

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Thu., Jan. 5, 2012
South Windsor's Craig Hilliard and Manchester's Jaquel Edwards face off at the tip off of the Jan. 3 boys' basketball game. Photos by Martha Marteney.
South Windsor's Craig Hilliard and Manchester's Jaquel Edwards face off at the tip off of the Jan. 3 boys' basketball game. Photos by Martha Marteney.

The Manchester High School boys’ basketball team took on South Windsor High School on Jan. 3, in their first of two match-ups of the season. Going into the game, MHS had three wins and one loss; SWHS had three losses.

The game started quickly with a basket by MHS’ Jaquel Edwards, followed by a score from SWHS’ Alex Hudsen. Both teams started off playing primarily outside the three-point line, with Edwards sinking several shots. Some messy ball-handling led to turnovers, as well as SWHS not pushing for their own rebounds. More than once, MHS ran out the clock at the end of the period, shooting for a basket, or a foul, just before the buzzer.

By the end of the first quarter, MHS had pulled ahead to 21-9, and maintained a strong lead throughout the rest of the game. The Indians were quick to take the ball down the court, while SWHS tended to move slowly, giving MHS time to set up their defense. MHS also had the height advantage.

Despite trailing on the scoreboard, the Bobcats continued to work their plays well into the fourth quarter. The team started moving into the key and working defense. Senior Jack Bassilakis ran up his individual fouls in the final quarter. “That’s when you have to start taking some chances,” said Bassilakis.

MHS took advantage of the lead to give all their players varsity court time. This allowed SWHS to draw down on their opponent’s lead, but the game still ended as a decisive victory for the Indians, 65-42.

SWHS’ coach Brenden McClay acknowledged that the turnovers and rebounds were not where the team wanted them. “They worked their butts off,” said McClay. “They know it’s a process.”

“We’re hustling out there,” added Bassilakis. “We get better every game.”

“It was a good team victory,” said MHS coach Bob Healy. “Everyone played solid all the way through.” His team is predominately underclassmen, although he noted that the juniors started the season with varsity game experience.

“We’ve been working hard on defense,” said senior Jaquel Edwards. “It’s a good win, but we have to stay humble.”

Junior Marquis Little added that his teammates come in every day with a strong work ethic. “That’s what makes them great to work with,” said Healy.


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