EGHS boys’ basketball wins over East Windsor
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
East Granby - posted Wed., Feb. 1, 2012
With a record of 7-4, the East Granby High School boys’ basketball team is hitting the mid-season mark with force. Under the direction of four-year head coach Jeff Moger, the Crusaders are proving to be an offensive threat in the NCCC Class S.
Assisted by Joe Hopkins, Moger’s goal, as it is every year, is qualification for both the league and state tournament. He credits team defense, speed and perimeter shooting as key elements in improving upon 2011’s 10-8 record, and looks forward to bringing East Granby one step closer to the title in 2012.
“Guard play has been our strength,” Moger said, “led by senior captain Ryan Aeschliman and junior guard Noah Fersch. Weakness has been depth in the past, but this year we have a stronger bench.”
Aeschliman, a four-year player for EGHS, shares the captain’s hat with Brian Waterlond and Kyle Bowers.
On Jan. 13, Aeschliman’s leadership proved critical in the Crusaders’ fourth-quarter upset over East Windsor. Supported by fellow starters Waterlond, Fersch, Bowers and junior Ray Marek, Aeschliman’s accuracy from the floor was unstoppable, racking up 28 points on the night. “Ryan is a returning All-NCCC player with experience and toughness,” the coach said.
Falling short in the first quarter, 7-12, the Crusaders hit the court hard in the second and bounced back to end the half at 25-23 when Aeschliman hit a three-point shot with 30 seconds on the clock.
In the third, it was a battle of foul shots and well-placed picks, but the Crusaders came out on top, 37-32, each team leaving the court with seven fouls.
With three minutes left on the clock in the fourth quarter, East Granby was down 46-48 with eight fouls looming overhead. As the fans got to their feet, the momentum traveled from bleacher to bench. The Crusaders clinched a final 9-second swish, and the 56-53 victory. Adding to Aeschliman’s impressive points total: Waterlond, 2; Fersch, 16; Marek, 4; Bowers, 4; and sophomore Tyler Arsenault added 2.
For a complete Crusaders schedule, see www.casciac.org.