Tomahawks to switch up game plan for hoops season
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Dec. 13, 2013
“Rebounding, rebounding, rebounding,” said coach Jim Vaughan, when asked what his team will be working on as the Glastonbury High School boys' varsity basketball season gets underway. “We've got to rebound,” he said. “Offensively, there is work to do. Our timing is a little off, but we still have to gel this season.”
Seniors Jalen Ollie and John Russell had the most minutes last year, and are expected to anchor the squad, but Vaughan said there are many talented players – including seniors Joseph Wiedemann, Justin Eaddy and Connor Leahy, and juniors Max Hummell and Christian Porydzy – who are primed for taking a larger role.
“We've got a lot of guys coming up who are ready to play, so I think we'll be pretty balanced,” Vaughan said, adding that the team will be taking some longer shots.
Ollie agreed that rebounding will be tougher, especially after the team lost big man Jordan Butler to graduation. “Losing Jordan, we'll have to be an up-tempo team,” Ollie said. “We have mostly guards, so as a group we'll have to rebound.”
Ollie said he is still tired from the football season that just finished, but he's working through it. “I'm actually pretty tired,” he said. “It's hard going from football to basketball, but I've been working out. It's basketball season, so no excuses.”
“I think we're going to spread the floor and be more perimeter-based this year,” Vaughan said.
The Tomahawks will be looking to improve upon last year's record of 15-5, which included a 10-1 run to finish the season.
“We definitely have potential,” said Russell. “We're definitely going to be underrated this year.”
“I always have high expectations,” Vaughan said. “We need to improve, but we will.”
The Tomahawks start their season on Dec. 18 vs. Berlin, and then host Windsor at the Doc Hurley tournament at Weaver High School on Dec. 21. For a complete schedule, visit www.ciacsports.com.