Northwestern beats cross-town rival Gilbert, 80-68.......Notes from Tim Gaffney
WINSTED: John Stevens and Robert Skinner have been playing against each other on the hardwood for so long you would think it would get old.
But it never does.
The duo got together again on Saturday night at The Gilbert School for a Berkshire League game won by Stevens and the Northwestern Highlanders by an 80-68 score over the Skinner led Yellowjackets.
“We have been playing against each other since fifth grade.” Stevens said. “Robert is a great player who makes me play better every time I face him.”
Skinner, the leading scorer for the ‘Jackets, also plays a ferocious defense and was matched up against his old friend most of the game, making for an interesting match up.
Whenever these two teams get together it’s a must see contest.
Just ask the entire town of Winsted, they all seemed to be there but only a little over 400 got to enter “The Hive”, one of the best places to not only feel the energy of the crowd in an up close and personal way but you can drop three or four pounds just watching in the super heated environment.
This years first meeting showed just how much Gilbert misses the best big man in the BL the past three seasons, Austin Brochu who is currently in college.
Without a big presence in the middle, the Highlanders were able to drive the middle and crash the boards at will.
Skinner is still a force to be reckoned with and can take over a game at will when he is hot but the surrounding cast still needs to figure out their respective roles on head coach Mark Douglass’s team.
After a tight first quarter that ended tied at 18, the visitors broke things open with a 32 -point second frame that was fueled by an aggressive defense that created their offensive opportunities.
Connor Guiheen, who along with Stevens became 1000-point scorers early this season, paced all scorers with 29 points while Stevens added 26.
Skinner tried his best to lead his team back on several occasions but his 23 point effort was no match on this night.
The win marked the first time the Highlanders had won at “The Hive” in Stevens and Guiheen’s time at Northwestern
Still can’t get over how terrific the outpouring of support for Tim Considine felt on Friday night at Torrington High School.
The Naugatuck and Torrington boys basketball game made have gone to the Raiders in overtime but both schools and all those who were on hand came away the big winners.
The ALS Connecticut Association was on hand and will get the proceeds from the event which raised over $6000.00.