Plainfield High School boys' basketball team looks for consistency
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Plainfield - posted Mon., Jan. 27, 2014
Plainfield fans had to wait three minutes before Ryan Pambuku hit the shot that would give him his 1,000th point in a boys' basketball game against Killingly on Jan. 23. Referees stopped the game for a short court-side ceremony to honor the accomplishment before play resumed.
That long wait for two points was indicative of how the game went for both teams that evening. It underscored one of the main problems plaguing the Panthers all season long. “Consistency has been a problem,” said coach Bob Arremony after the game.
The Panthers rebounded in the second half and came out the victors in the 51-48 contest. They performed well defensively and had good scoring from many players in the second half, Arremony said. He would like to see his players pass more, though.
Captained by Pambuku (guard) and junior Steve Jankowski (guard), Plainfield sports five senior players. Jankowski runs the team as point guard. Pambuku, who has played on the varsity squad for four years, is a workhorse for Plainfield. “He’s done everything he’s needed to do to be the player that he is,” Arremony said.
William Robinson (forward) is one of the Panthers' tallest player at 6 feet, 3 inches. Arremony calls him a good shot blocker and defender and likes the way his offense is coming around. “He’s making good moves at the basket and hitting his outside jumper at this point,” he said.
Corey Anderson and Teague Carigan are defensive stalwarts for the Panthers. “Anderson’s defense is outstanding and he’s driving the ball and shooting the ball well,” Arremony said. “And Carigan is rebounding like crazy.” Carigan is listed as 6 feet, 3 inches, and he’s usually teamed up against the opponent’s top big man. “He’s been doing a great job,” Arremony said.
Pambuku left the court with a trophy basketball and a team-high 15 points. He hopes to play for a Division 2 or Division 3 school next year.