Panthers are improving, with win over RHAM

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Storrs - posted Tue., Feb. 7, 2012
Calvin Knecht goes up for a shot against RHAM on Feb. 3. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Calvin Knecht goes up for a shot against RHAM on Feb. 3. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The E.O. Smith boys' basketball team has been struggling this season, but you wouldn't have known it to watch them on Feb. 3, when they played against RHAM. The E.O. Smith Panthers entered the game with a 5-8 record, and had lost to the Sachems during an earlier meeting (Jan. 5, final score 50-43).

"This is a team that has started the season with not much experience playing varsity basketball," said coach Ron Pires. "Our schedule has not been an easy one, playing some of the top teams in the area, as well as the state."

The Panthers played hard against RHAM, and worked together well as a team, connecting with passes and picking up rebounds. They dominated the scoreboard throughout, going to the locker room at halftime with a score of 17-27 and ending the game with a victory at 53-38.

"The team is improving as the year goes on, and hopefully this will continue with every game," said Pires. "I think the players are gaining more confidence and understanding how hard you have to play at this level. I’m happy with our progress, and against RHAM we really had a great team effort."

The Panthers faced a tough opponent in Hartford Public on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Hartford Public Owls are ranked number 2 in Division LL, number 15 in the state. Catch the Panthers at home on Friday, Feb. 10, against Fermi, beginning at 7 p.m.

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