SWHS Bobcats battle all the way to the end of the season

By Phil Gardner - ReminderNews
South Windsor - posted Thu., Feb. 27, 2014
The Bobcats warming up before the game against East Hartford. Photos by Phil Gardner.
The Bobcats warming up before the game against East Hartford. Photos by Phil Gardner.

The South Windsor High School boys’ varsity basketball team faced off against East Hartford at home in one of its last games of the season on Feb. 24. Unfortunately, the Bobcats will not have a post-season due to their record, but a less than notable record did not stop them from putting in 110 percent. The underdogs in this match came out fighting.

Coach Brenden McClay said he knew going into it that East Hartford was going to be a physically aggressive and talented team, but he said his boys rose to the challenge. A team that is comprised of mostly juniors, having only one starting senior, has won more games this season than the last three combined. As the head coach for the last four years, McClay is definitely seeing an improvement.

“The issues have been a lot of these boys playing multiple sports. As this season winds down, I’m hoping for more year round commitment,” said McClay. The off-season will see more weight-lifting to improve power and strength, as well as work on agility and stamina. McClay believes that will result in more wins next season.

The point leader for the Bobcats was #3, Devyn Arel. He snuck in a few points early on by stealing the ball right out from underneath East Hartford’s nose. With the ball control of #4, Joey Tamburro, the Bobcats kept East Hartford at bay for the majority of the game, actually leading the contest several times.

What ultimately was the Bobcats’ undoing was a matter of stamina. You could see both sides getting tired. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, as they ran out of steam, the scoring slowed and penalties became too common. East Hartford capitalized on foul shots and created the first gap on the scoreboard.

A second wind came too late for South Windsor, but the off-season training McClay is talking about should hopefully help next year when it comes down to crunch time in the fourth quarter. The final score was 73-52, in East Hartford’s favor.

South Windsor’s final game of the season came the following night against Glastonbury. SWHS won a close match, 56-51.

Complete game schedules and results can be found at www.ciacsports.com.

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