GHS boys just miss conference title
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Mon., Mar. 4, 2013
After a phenomenal 15-5 regular season and two powerful CCC wins, the Glastonbury Tomahawks just couldn’t get past the three-peating Windsor High School boys’ basketball team in the conference finals on March 1, dropping the highly-competitive game, 74-67.
The Tomahawks took the first lead of the game, but Windsor took it right back, and led for most of the first quarter, before Glastonbury’s Jalen Ollie knocked down two three-point shots and added a two-pointer to give his team a 15-13 lead.
Glastonbury had trouble in the second quarter getting past Windsor’s defense. The Warriors also won the foul battle and went into the locker room up 43-40.
Both teams started the second half trying to settle into their respective strategies. Glastonbury’s appeared to be to get the ball to big man Jordan Butler (6’ 6”), who seemed to wind up with the ball in his hands on both ends of the court. Two big steals led to quick points and the game was tied at 54 before a last-second bucket by Windsor made it 56-54.
Nerves may have set in as both sides struggled with fouls in the fourth, and buckets started to come at a premium. A Luke McNabb three-pointer tied the game at 62 with 4:30 to go, but Windsor got the upper hand and didn’t miss the last-ditch fouls by Glastonbury, sealing the win for the Warriors.
Glastonbury coach Jim Vaughan said he was extremely proud of how his team played, and stayed toe-to-toe with the conference’s perennial powerhouse.
“What a great game,” Vaughan said. “I wished I could have watched it, instead of coaching it. I’m so proud of my guys. I thought we played pretty well. I think we belong here, and I think we showed them something.”
Vaughan also had high praise for his center, who had 36 points, 22 rebounds and four blocks.
“If anyone wants to think Jordan Butler is not one of the top three players in the state… write it down… they are insane,” Vaughan said. “He’s a man amongst boys.”
Vaughan said the team can still build on the experience for the upcoming CIAC Class LL tournament, but they won’t need any overhaul – major or minor – to do well in the bracket.
“I wish we could have won, so they’d have something to take home,” Vaughan said. “I’ll just tell them to get some rest and then keep doing what we’re doing.”
At press time, Glastonbury was scheduled to host New London in the first round of the state tournament on March 4.