Warriors gear up for post-season push

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Feb. 7, 2013
Junior Chaunce Dunbar pulls up on the fast break for a foul line jumper. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Junior Chaunce Dunbar pulls up on the fast break for a foul line jumper. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Windsor Warriors basketball team (13-3) has dominated for much of the season, but has fallen on some hard times of late, dropping two consecutive games to Central Connecticut North Conference foes Glastonbury and Wethersfield because of some poor second-half performances and a few injuries. The Warriors ended their losing streak by clipping the East Catholic Eagles 66-62 on Feb. 4. It may not have been pretty, with Windsor being outscored in three out of four quarters, but a huge 8-0 run to end the third quarter was enough for the Warriors to avenge their first loss of the season, a three-point loss at East Catholic (7-9).

“It’s really nice to see the kids play again, to enjoy the game again, and I thought they did that tonight,” said head coach Ken Smith. “They taught me something about coaching tonight, something real nice, and I appreciated it.”

The Warriors were led by a gritty performance by Tyler Rowe, who set the tone on both sides of the ball, netting 14 points to go along with a game-high nine assists while playing tough-nosed defense. With injuries to senior center Jaquan Harrison (a broken left foot) and Jared Wilson-Frame (a high ankle sprain), the Warriors have looked for a balanced attack from their deep bench. The Warriors’ balanced attack saw nine players score, including four in double figures: Rowe, Quinn Fleeting, 15, Aaron McHenry, 13, and Chaunce Dunbar, 11.

Fleeting, an All-State quarterback, is a newcomer to the team and has been a needed addition, with Windsor’s deep bench becoming a tad depleted as of late. Fleeting fills the wing role nicely for Ken Smith’s squad, as he has a knack for slashing to the hoop and drawing fouls. He was seven of eight from the free-throw line versus East Catholic.

“I’m here to help them wherever they need it,” Fleeting said. “I feel like since we lost in the state championships for football, I owe the town something. I’m here to execute and do what I need to do to help us win.”

Windsor looks to hit its stride on its quest to a CCC North and state championship title with the return of Harrison and Wilson-Frame. Smith says their return will mean fewer minutes from the bench players, but will also lead to higher intensity and effort from them on the court. He is confident they can fill in at any point during the game.

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