East Hartford Hornets boys’ basketball approaches post-season play

By Phil Gardner - ReminderNews
East Hartford - posted Thu., Feb. 27, 2014
Trayson Patterson gets serious air for a three-pointer. Photos by Phil Gardner.
Trayson Patterson gets serious air for a three-pointer. Photos by Phil Gardner.

East Hartford High School is a basketball school. The Hornets boys’ basketball team is ranked in the top 20, and it displayed that very well when facing off against South Windsor on Feb. 24, in one of its last games of the season. The win added to a strong record for EHHS, making it 13-6 going down home stretch.

The Hornets physically outmatched South Windsor in one of their last regular season games, a season that head coach Ed Lavoie said was “somewhat inconsistent.” The Hornets have had their ups and downs, like any team. “A few unfortunate losses pit them against more difficult teams earlier [in the playoffs] than we would like,” said Lavoie.

While the team may be in a lower seed than they would like, Lavoie is adamant that they have a “definite opportunity for a good post season.”

The Feb. 24 game was a prime example of the Hornets’ inconsistency. The team started out sluggish against a team they should have dominated. Although they managed to maintain the lead for most of the game, lack of ball control meant they had to capitalize on any opportunity that presented itself.

The South Windsor team won’t be going into the post season, and it looked like the Hornets expected an easy win, but it wasn’t until the fourth quarter that they picked it up and showed they are not a team to take lightly.

The Hornets’ team leader is point guard John Jenkins. “His energy, work ethic and personal sacrifice help make the team better as a whole,” said Lavoie, who also had good things to say about senior captains Rodley Adjei and Colins Nwafor. This team is a good mix of sophomores, juniors and seniors, a fact that will ensure plenty of good seasons to come.

East Hartford’s last game is against Weaver High School, just before post season and the CCC Tournament begins. When it came down to the wire against South Windsor, the Hornets pulled together to clinch the win, 73-52. If they can continue their teamwork into post season, they have a good chance.

For a complete season and post season schedule, visit www.ciacsports.com.

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