New leaders step up on BA boys’ basketball team

By Jason Harris - Staff Writer
Colchester - posted Tue., Dec. 18, 2012
Coach Kevin Fennell talking to his team with senior Connar Chicoski standing next to him. Photos by Jason Harris.
Coach Kevin Fennell talking to his team with senior Connar Chicoski standing next to him. Photos by Jason Harris.

The Bacon Academy boys’ basketball team ended last season with an even split of 12 wins and 12 losses, making it as far as the quarterfinals in the Eastern Connecticut Conference and losing in the second round of the state tournament. Coach Kevin Fennell, in his sixth season with the team, said they lost two leading scorers to graduation, but others have been playing in the off-season on summer and fall leagues, and are ready to step up.

“They are getting used to having new scoring responsibilities and making critical shots at critical times,” Fennell said. The coach is looking toward having a competitive season in the ECC and feels that the team is up to the challenge, even though Bacon Academy is a small school in its division. Norwich Free Academy and New London are considered to be the strong teams in the division this year, he said.

Fennell was pleased with the balanced scoring in the team's first game, a win against Griswold on Dec. 12, when four of his players scored in double figures. “We feel that’s going to be our approach this year. We have multiple threats to score,” he said.

Co-captain Connar Chicoski, a senior, said it’s a big transition after last season. He had to step up from being a role-player to being a leader and a captain, he said. “Obviously, you feel a lot more responsibility, but I feel like I was ready to take that on,” Chicoski said. “I’ve been waiting to lead since I was a freshman.”

Chicoski said he feels confident and pretty optimistic about this season because of the team’s new transitional offense.

“We’re a very young team, but everybody on this bench and on the court has the desire to win,” said co-captain Tito Wiltsie, also a senior. “I feel like I have to be a voice for these guys.” Wiltsie said his team is competitive and will never take a loss if they can help it.

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