Fersch nets 1,000th career point
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
East Granby - posted Fri., Mar. 15, 2013
Coming into its third consecutive Class S state tournament, the 23-seed East Granby Crusaders thought with the lessons learned during its tough regular season schedule and experience they could pull off the upset victory over the 10th-seeded Wamogo Regional High School Warriors. East Granby would play short-handed, missing half of the one-two punch of senior point guard Noah Fersch and junior shooting guard Dylan O’Brien, who was out with an ACL injury.
Fersch, who was just 10 points shy of 1,000 career points entering the game, attempted to will East Granby to victory, but the Crusaders’ chance to play the role of spoiler came up short as they fell on the road to Wamogo, 69-56.
“Every game during the year, there are always things you would like to re-do, but all-in-all it was a successful year,” said head coach Jeff Moger. “I am proud of the seniors. We graduate five seniors and we will miss them all.”
In the loss, Fersch finished with 13 points, recording his 1,000th career point on the one-and-one foul shot after sinking a contested fast break layup in the third quarter. Fersch also dished out 13 assists in the losing effort. Junior Tyler Arsenault led the Crusaders with 18 points, while senior Connor Kennedy chipped in 16.
“I was trying not to think about it [scoring the 1,000th career point], but it’s hard to not think about it when everyone is talking to you and asking how close you are to it,” Fersch said. “Once I scored, it was like a weight off my shoulders. I felt like I could play again.”
“I’ve coached Noah since fifth grade and to see him develop and receive the accolades as he deserves is exciting,” Moger said. “It couldn’t happen to a finer young man.”
After East Granby took an early lead, Wamogo began to apply full-court pressure and the team’s length disrupted the East Granby offense allowing Wamogo to go on an 11-4 run to end the quarter. East Granby would respond in the second quarter, going into the half only down two. Wamogo took the lead for good on some hot shooting and would not relinquish the lead the rest of the game.