Knights plan to overcome mental hurdles for late run

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington - posted Thu., Jan. 31, 2013
Austin Tautkus looks for a teammate to pass to, in the Knights' game vs. Enfield on Jan. 29. Photos by Steve Smith.
Austin Tautkus looks for a teammate to pass to, in the Knights' game vs. Enfield on Jan. 29. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Ellington High School boys’ varsity basketball team fell to an 8-6 record after a loss to Enfield on Jan. 29, but coach Don Flint said the game should serve as a lesson for his team on cohesiveness and communication. While the cumulative talent of the Knights’ players is not in any doubt, Flint said the team has struggled with some of the mental aspects of the game.

“We have the talent to compete in every game,” Flint said, adding that sometimes, it appears as if his players allow themselves to become psyched-out of games.

“We’re not going to win when we don’t play as hard as we can,” Flint said, adding that after the Enfield game, some of the players called out others, saying that they didn’t come to play for the game’s entire 32 minutes. But, the coach said the team would start at practice the next day with a “back to basics” approach.

“We’re going to look for the guys who are willing to work hard,” Flint said. “You have to forget about talent and look for the guys who are willing to lay it on the line every minute they’re out there.”

Among the on-the-court adjustments the Knights need to make are tightening up the defense and sharpening up the passing.

“When we unselfishly move the ball and get the extra pass, we get great looks,” Flint said. “We can push the ball and get easy shots. We’ve just got to spread the court, make some good passes and be unselfish.”

With a few games left before the post-season, including some against some of the conference’s top teams, the Knights hope they can pull together and make a run. “There’s no question this team has all the talent in the world to make a significant run at the end of the season,” Flint said.

The Knights travel to East Granby on Feb. 1 and then host Avon on Feb. 5.

For a complete schedule, visit www.casciac.org.


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