Raiders look to win fourth conference championship

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Fri., Dec. 7, 2012
Senior captain and forward Kevin Camidge takes a layup during a pre-season practice. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Senior captain and forward Kevin Camidge takes a layup during a pre-season practice. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Enfield High School boys’ basketball team comes into the 2012 season looking for its fourth North Central Connecticut Conference title in as many years. The Raiders know they will have a difficult run for the top spot after graduating four starters and five seniors, including the school’s all-time leading scorer Trachone Preston from a squad that went undefeated in the regular season before falling in the quarterfinals of the Class M state tournament.

Enfield returns with seven seniors, most of which have been a part of the program and its winning ways for three or four years. They will also look to some key underclassmen to contribute significant minutes. The Raiders lineup is a-typical and will cause match-up problems throughout the season, with no player truly having a set position. At any given time, all five players on the floor have the ability shoot, pass and dribble, allowing all five to flow through the offense.

“This group has definitely come hungry to see what we can do in the state tournament,” said Cory O’Connell. “The way we’re going to win games is by everyone scoring 10. We’re not looking for anyone to score 20 or 30 a game. For us to be successful, we’re going to need five guys in double figures every night. If I look in the box score and I see we have five guys in double figures, I will probably say we won the game.”

The backcourt will be led by senior captain Michael Crowley and senior returning starter Paul Lima. Lima is a serious threat from deep, but may have to deal with more pressure this season with defenses keying on him to spur the Raider attack. Seniors Tom Meskell and Joe Linehan and sophomore Rachone Preston will also see key minutes at the guard spots.

The Raiders lack size in the front court, but their big men make up for it in speed and range. The frontcourt is led by senior captain Kevin Camidge, while senior Joshua Gaines and Alexander Gould will play significant minutes. Because of Enfield’s lack of size, they will play at a frantic pace, pressuring and trapping the ball to lead to easy transition buckets. Their offense will be full of motion to extend the defense and free up space inside.

The Raiders’ season begins at home on Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., versus East Windsor.

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