'Scrappy' Knights getting job done with team effort

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington - posted Fri., Jan. 6, 2012
Senior guard Jake Gagne literally leaves opponents in his wake on a baseline drive in the Ellington Knights' 57-55 win over Granby on Jan. 5. Photos by Steve Smith.
Senior guard Jake Gagne literally leaves opponents in his wake on a baseline drive in the Ellington Knights' 57-55 win over Granby on Jan. 5. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Ellington High School Knights held the lead for most of the game vs. Granby Memorial, on Jan. 5, but were down by as much as nine points in the fourth quarter, before coming back to tie the game at 50 and then going on to a 57-55 win in overtime.

That kind effort was nothing new for the young boys’ basketball team, according to coach Don Flint.

“We're just a scrappy team,” Flint said. “We're going to work hard, and we knew that going into this season. We're not the most talented team in the conference, but we'll work just as hard as anybody else, and that's just what we did.”

Having a somewhat less-experienced squad has been a little bit of a challenge, but one that the team is doing well with, especially with solid game control by sophomore point guard Jon Bassett.

“We have two senior starters,” Flint said. “Mike Cleary and Jake Gagne and both are doing a tremendous job. They allow their emotion and leadership to flow down, and the younger kids are gleaning some good stuff from that.”

Flint said that, in practice, the team will still be working on the fundamentals. “Still, our discipline on our offense isn't consistent,” Flint said. “We're not an amazingly talented group, so we just have to keep working on the basics.”

At 4-2, the Knights could find themselves in the tournament at the end of the season, but no one is thinking beyond the next game. “One game at a time,” Flint said. “That's it. Guys aren't thinking beyond that, and I'm not thinking beyond that. I think that has helped us to focus our energies.”

Another problem Ellington doesn't have is a lack of team camaraderie. “This is a wonderful group and they all work hard,” Flint said. “Their theme is ‘we,’ as in ‘We work hard, we get it done, we are going to be successful, and we focus on the opposing team,’ and I love that.”

Ellington visits SMSA on Jan. 13 and then Windham on Jan. 16. For a complete schedule, visit www.casciac.org.


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