Ellis Tech boys' basketball relies on senior experience
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Mon., Jan. 7, 2013
The Ellis Tech boys' basketball team counts six seniors and four juniors on the roster this season. Coach Dan Piccione is counting on that experience to help his Golden Eagles as they head into the middle of the season. The team is led by four senior captains: Daniel Rogers (forward), Jordan Pantaleakos (guard), Bradley Harriott (forward) and Kris Cornell (shooting guard). All captains have played three years at the varsity level.
“We have a lot of experience and some good shooters,” Piccione said. The shooting is a team effort, according to Piccione, with a variety of players sharing the responsibilities. Pantaleakos is averaging around 13 points per game and Harriott is averaging about 12 points per game. “We do well. with four guys in double figures,” the coach said. “It's not just one guy who carries it.”
Ellis Tech has had a tough start to the season in the Constitution State Conference playing against teams from the Hartford area. “Hartford teams are traditionally tough teams,” Piccione said. “They are fast, athletic teams.” The Eagles won the first match-up of the Clipper Classic against Putnam, but lost the championship round to Killingly, an ECC Medium Division team.
There are a few shining spots for the Eagles. At 6-feet, 5-inches, Dylan Peloquin is one advantage on the court for Ellis Tech. “He blocks a lot of shots. He gets a lot of rebounds. He's been working very hard,” said Piccione. “It's nice to have someone big in there in the middle. We're lucky to have that big guy.”
Harriott is what Piccione calls an anchor for the team. “He does a lot of work out there. He's a good defensive player, a strong rebounder, and a good leader for our team.”
And while shooting guard Kris Connell had trouble finding the net at the beginning of the season, Piccione attributes some of the trouble to the tough teams they faced. “We just need to work on breaking pressure and handling the basketball,” Piccione said. “Kids from Hartford, or even western Connecticut, are very quick. They are fast. They pressure the ball. We struggled with that in the Clipper Classic against Killingly. We've been struggling with it the last two games.”