Boys' basketball team qualifies for tournaments

By Evan Pajer - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Jan. 25, 2013
East Hartford moves for a shot on the basket during a game on Jan. 24. The team beat Weaver to extend its 11-game winning streak. Photos by Evan Pajer.
East Hartford moves for a shot on the basket during a game on Jan. 24. The team beat Weaver to extend its 11-game winning streak. Photos by Evan Pajer.

The winter sports season has been a strong one for the boys' varsity basketball team at East Hartford High School. The team, which has qualified for two championships and is currently on an 11-game win streak, is working with coach Ed Lavoie to make another run on the post-season.

The team lost two of its first three games - once to Windsor, and then to Weaver. Since then, the Hornets have won 11 games in a row. Most recently, the team played Weaver for a second time. Unlike their first meeting, which East Hartford lost by just three points, their second meeting ended with the Hornets up 19 points, 82-63.

Lavoie said he attributes his team's ability to consistently win games to his highly experienced players. "We're a mature team," he said, "I've got guys who have been playing varsity for three years." Lavoie said that his team's chemistry has allowed the players to work together effectively. "We've been hanging together. We work together, and that is a tribute to our team," he said. "We've got a great group of kids this year."

Although the Hornets were easily able to beat Weaver on their second meeting, the team was preparing for three tough matches ahead of them, against Manchester, East Catholic, and their second match against rival team Windsor.

The team won their first game against Manchester earlier this month with a narrow three-point lead. "These games will really showcase where we are as a team," Lavoie said. Lavoie said that for his team, the key word is focus. "We'll continue to do the little things. We'll focus - that's the word we're using - and continue to coordinate our offense and defense. Our defensive game is where we really excel," he said.

The statistics support Lavoie's praise of his team's defense. The team has won several games by a margin of more than 10 points, including a stunning game against Newington in which Newington scored only 14 points to East Hartford's 65. Despite the strong performance, Lavoie said he has made it a point to never be satisfied. "As a coach, there is always something to work on," he said. "This game [against Weaver] was great, but we're never satisfied."

Lavoie said the team is also looking forward to the Central Connecticut Conference and state tournaments. "At this point, we've qualified for both the CCC and state tournaments," he said. Lavoie said they will concentrate on keeping up their win streak going into the post-season.

"We take every game one game at a time. I worry about the season, they worry about the next game," he said. Lavoie said the team could also potentially win the LL division. "We have a chance if we keep winning games. If we keep winning, we control our destiny."


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