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Around boys basketball: Huge week ahead in the BL

POSTED January 01, 2011
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia


The Berkshire League will waste no time waiting for compelling matchups in 2011 with three huge contests on the slate in the first week of the new year.

Let’s take a look at those games:

Tuesday

Gilbert (4-0) at Housatonic (4-1)

The Yellowjackets are off to a flying start this season with its latest win coming Thursday at home over Wamogo, 69-53. Gilbert’s defense held prolific scorer Mike Odenwaelder to only 10 points and the Warriors to only 18 in the first half. Elide Romero led a balanced Yellowjacket attack with 19 points, while Austin Brochu finished with 13.

Housatonic took care of business Thursday against Wolcott Tech, cruising past the Wildcats, 52-33, in Torrington.  The Mountaineers, like Gilbert on Thursday, turned in a stifling defensive performance, allowing two points in the first quarter and eight overall in the first half. Housatonic has yet to allow 50 points in a game this season.

In the win over Tech, Andrew Hoffman and Donyell Williams paced the Mountaineers with 12 points apiece.

The key to this game will be if Housatonic’s defense will be able to handle a Gilbert team with several players capable of carrying the scoring load.

Litchfield (4-1) at Northwestern (3-1)

The Cowboys won their second straight game on Thursday with a 58-47 victory at home over Thomaston. Caleb Buck (19 points), Mike Andrulis (18) and Quinn McKenna (14) all had strong games in the victory.

In Northwestern’s last game, Bobby Lippincott netted 22 points in a 70-59 triumph at Lewis Mills Thursday. Connor Guiheen added 15 points in the winning effort.

This is about as even of a matchup as you will see as both team’s only losses coming to undefeated Nonnewaug. Expect a very close one.

Friday

Gilbert (4-0) at Nonnewaug (6-0)

Rough scheduling week for the Yellowjackets, who will have little time to recover following their big game at Housatonic Tuesday.

Nonnewaug, winners of 28 straight BL contests dating back to last season, won easily Thursday at Terryville by a 65-38 score. Colin Schneider led the way again with 15 points.

Based on the early season results, Gilbert looks like the team most capable of ending the Chiefs’ streak. But it won’t be easy as Nonnewaug has one of the best home court advantages around.

- Torrington suffered a disappointing loss Thursday, falling to Holy Cross by a 71-42 decision at the Connie Donahue Gymnasium. More disappointing than the loss itself for Torrington was the margin of defeat. After trailing by only eight at the half, Holy Cross ran the Red Raiders out the gym over the final two periods, outscoring them 39-18.

In defeat, Brenden Lytton and Bryan Failia had 10 points apiece for Torrington.

Mike Mallory went off for the 6-0 Crusaders, netting 30 points. It looks like Holy Cross and Crosby, also 6-0, are the favorites in the Naugatuck Valley League at this point. They will meet for the first time this season on Jan. 14 at Crosby.

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