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Dontae Thomas leads The Forman School to a 4-0 start. Lions beat MacDuffie by a 78-47 final behind 22 from the former THS star.

POSTED December 14, 2019
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

LITCHFIELD: Four games into their 2019/2020 campaign, one thing is certain for John Strawson and the Forman School Lions boys’ basketball team.

It’s good to have Dontae Thomas as your point guard.

After four games the Lions are unbeaten with their latest win, a 78-47 win over MacDuffie an example of what the former Torrington High School star has to offer his team and what the school has to offer him.

Thomas led all scorers with 22 points and was clearly the player that made everyone on the court with him that much better.

To Thomas, it’s nothing new.

“This feels like home,” Thomas said. “Just like I did at THS. We are running the same offense and my teammates are tremendous.”

The home team jumped out to a 19-4 lead less than five minutes in and all of their offensive weapons were on display, led by Thomas who drained a long three ball and navigated three defenders for another in tight bucket.

Ethan Kramer, who tallied 18 points in the game, made a strong move to the basket that resulted in a bucket and a free throw also added a basket on a jumper to keep the offense rolling.

Ben Rushford (5-points) had all his points during the early barrage as the home team was able to stretch the lead to 24-6.

An 8-0 run by the Mustangs stemmed the tied temporarily, as they did on several occasions in the first half.

The lead was 18 at 47-29 at the break but the visitors came out hot, going on an 8-2 run to cut the lead to 49-37, leading to a Strawson time out to settle his team.

It worked as an 11-2 run, culminated by a thunderous dunk by Harrison Day expanded the lead to 60-39 and the visitors never threatened again.

It seems like all the pieces are starting to blend together for the Lions, four games in.

“I think our team building and chemistry is getting better every day,” Strawson said. “I think we are playing very unselfish on offense where if someone else has a better shot, we’re making the extra pass.”

What does the head coach like about his point guard, one who helped lead the Raiders to the semi-finals a year ago?

“He’s a leader,” Strawson said. “He comes in and makes everyone around him better. He plays team basketball. Even if he is open, if someone else has a better shot, he’ll give it up to them.”

The Lions will be off for Winter break until 2020 when the resume action on the road against The Masters School on January 10 before a rematch with Chase Collegiate School, also on the road the following day.

Forman won the initial battle in their season opener in a 62-56 home win.

The Forman School 78, MacDuffie 47

MacDuffie 29  18  47

Forman      47  31  78

Forman (78): Dontae Thomas 9-3-22, Ethan Kramer 7-1-18, Ben Rushford 2-0-5, Kai Burridge 4-0-9, Lorenzo Lauria 2-3-9, Theo Seremetis 2-0-5, Owen Tacas 2-0-4, Patty Taiwo 1-0-2, Sky Jasienowski 1-0-2. Totals: 3-7-78

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