A look around the local high school boys basketball scene
As we head into Day 2 of the local boys basketball season, a few interesting things of note took place on opening night Wednesday.
- Nonnewaug, which rolled to an undefeated season in Berskhire League play last season at 20-0, needed overtime to beat Northwestern by a 66-63 margin at home.
Cody St. John poured in 26 points, and nailed a three at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. Colin Schneider’s three with 37 seconds left in the extra session was the difference. Connor Guiheen (16) and John Steven (14) combined for 30 points for the Chiefs, who will be hard pressed to repeat their success from a year ago.
Bobby Lippincott, of Gilbert/Northwestern football fame, netted 20 points for the Highlanders, a team that will certainly be in the mix for the league title.
- Every season, you’ll look at a roster and see a name that you think has been on the team for 10 years. This year, that honor goes to Wamogo senior (we think) Mike Odenwaelder, who has been a force for the Warriors since he was a freshman.
On Wednesday, Odenwaelder picked up where he left off from the previous three seasons, scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in Wamogo’s 67-41 win over Thomaston in Litchfield. Mark Davis had 13 points and the duo of Spencer Albano and Nick Nemergut finished with 12 points apiece for Gregg Hunt’s Warriors, who lost only one player to graduation in June. Coming off a state tournament berth a year ago, expect big things from Wamogo this year.
- Not surprisingly, Torrington went through some scoring droughts in its 72-64 opening night loss at St. Paul. Without Jordan or Desmond Williams, the Red Raiders need to find a go-to-guy to bail them out in tough times. The leading candidates for that role are Martin Mitchell, who had a strong opener with 19 points and seven rebounds, and Connor Shugrue. In the paint, Shugrue gave the Falcons problems, scoring 14 points.
- Litchfield, always a threat in the BL, rolled past Lewis Mills at home, 62-48, in its opener. Caleb Buck had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Cowboys. Mike Andrulis scored 17 points and Quinn McKenna chipped in with 16 in the win.