Eddie Kopacz's hot streak ignites Tigers
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Thompson - posted Tue., Jan. 31, 2012
Tourtellotte's Eddie Kopacz had a red hot night, as he scored 44 points against Lyman Memorial on Jan. 27. It was as many points as Lyman could muster all evening, as they fell to the Tigers, 70-44. Kopacz was the go-to guy all night, as his teammates fed him passes and helped him get open to score. When it was all over, Kopacz scored six 2-pointers, seven 3-pointers, and made 11 of 15 free throws.
Coach Tony Falzarano made no excuses for using the forward so heavily. “Our offense goes through Eddie,” Falzarano said. “Everything we do goes through Eddie. Every team has one of those players, but not every team has someone as good as Eddie.”
Falzarano calls Kopacz an exceptional player who is never content with his level of play. “As good as he is, he works hard every day in practice. The more we do, the more he wants.”
Falzarano said the Tigers have a team that compliments each other. “We have all the parts,” Falzarano said. “We have point guard Evan Touchette and his back up, Shane Houle. Sophomore Kaevon Stafford is a power forward. He had a lousy night tonight, but he's a very good player. We got the beef underneath with Joel Jezierski. And Evan Majercik and Nick Authier are two great defensive players. They don't have to score a point.”
The Tigers (5-1) took over the sole possession of first place in the ECC small division with the win.
Lyman's Christian Gonnelli scored 13 points for the Bulldogs, a testimony to how well the Tigers played defense on him, Falzarano said. “We shut him down,” the coach said.
Prior to the game, Tiger fans presented Kopacz with a basketball emblazoned with his name and 1,000 career points. Kopacz scored his 1,000th high school career point in a game against St. Bernard. Tourtellotte won that match, 69-65.