Close games mark Hornets boys' varsity basketball season
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Feb. 3, 2012
As the East Hartford High School boys' basketball team prepared to meet rival Manchester High School, recent losses in close games were on the minds of the team's players.
“We've lost a couple of close games that were winnable,'' said Nick Fenton, a captain. The team was 9-6 before the Feb. 2 game. “We’re not getting back on defense, and we have lost games that we should have won,'' he said.
Jaime Baez, also a team captain, said, “It's been an okay season so far, but we are behind where we should be. Maybe we're not working together enough as a unit,'' Baez said. “We've played hard only to lose the game in the last two seconds.''
The team is at game number 16 out of 20 before the start of state tournament and championships.
“We need to be stepping it up, playing all for quarters instead one or two,'' said Cane Broome. “The last time we played Manchester they beat us by two points right at the end, so were hoping to not have that happen this time around.''
Coach Ed Lavoie concurred that the team was recently losing games it should have won. “We find ourselves having to battle back after we have dug ourselves a hole,'' said Lavoie, who is in his second year of coaching the team. “In the last four games, we lost in the last minutes of the game. We're in a tough division, and we have to play at a high level for the whole game.''
Despite these problems, Lavoie said the team has qualified for the CCC and also the state tournaments and several players have been having a good season. Cane Broome is within about 135 points of shooting 1,000 points this season, “which is a good achievement,'' Lavoie said. “And Devonte Wiggins has been a spark plug for us both offensively and defensively at both ends of the court.''