Men’s basketball grades: Footballers support Ansonia
BY MARK JAFFEE
There is a acquainted really feel to the Ansonia Excessive boys’ basketball group this winter, with 4 of the 5 starters and three substitutes from the bench making vital contributions to the Chargers’ Class S state soccer championship group.
Coach Shane Kingsley, in his ninth season, can be the defender and defensive coach of the soccer group.
Whereas the Chargers started coaching later with many gamers on the roster, Kingsley did not thoughts.
“That is the kind of group I am not afraid to start out in a while,” Kingsley stated. “I simply love being round children. They like to compete and I do know they are going to attempt very onerous. We had a follow with Bloomfield after the championship sport, then an offensive sport, two follow periods, and performed in opposition to Seymour within the opening that Friday night time. Seymour received the match.
“We do not make excuses for beginning coaching late,” Kingsley added. “It is a good downside to have.”
Seymour coach Joe Carrafiello says his group caught the Chargers on the proper time, however Ansonia might be a extremely good group this season. He was conscious. Ansonia has had three wins in a row because the loss.
The main younger participant, Jhani Barge, is the defender of the soccer group that was the All-Copper Division choice in basketball final season.
“It is nonetheless a piece in progress as Jhaniani tries to get his basketball legs and shot again,” Kingsley stated. “However he is so athletic that he bounced again rapidly. He was in mid-season kind the second day. He is one of the crucial athletic guys within the league. He began as a freshman. He jumps off the roof. His leaping means is unequalled and he is explosively concerned with the ball. He is nonetheless engaged on his exterior sport.”
Different gamers beginning on the basketball group are sturdy ahead Mekhi Garrett, sturdy ahead, receiving again Machi Ingram at quarterback, and powerful defensive finish Preston Dziubina within the centre. Jamarr Bryant is the beginning taking pictures guard. He would not play soccer.
Quarterback Chris Kaminski, defender Paul Palmer and middle Brendan Lynch come off the bench on the onerous court docket.
“They’re all enjoying large video games for us,” Kingsley stated. “They have been concerned in such large, aggressive video games that the transition hasn’t been tough for them. Garrett would be the first to inform you how a lot soccer has helped him keep aggressive and mature.”
Kingsley stated he satisfied Barge to play soccer as a freshman as a result of he knew how versatile he could be.
Kingsley can be grateful to have Kaminski, the center, soul and chief of the soccer group.
Kingsley, 35, a 2006 Woodland graduate and three-athlete, was a starter for the Hawks on back-to-back NVL and Class SS state title soccer groups in 2004 and 2005. Basketball was his third sport after baseball and soccer.
The WCA males’s basketball group wanted help final week and the Spartans had been educated sufficient to go to the proper man. Zyaire Lott scored 31 factors, eight of which had been 3-pointers, within the Spartans’ 96-30 win over hosts Oxford.
“Zyaire was nice,” stated WCA coach Ronan O’Leary. “He was nice at catching and taking pictures the ball. However our guards (Sonny Pierce, Jason Canady, and Drew Williams) made a concerted effort to get Lott the ball. All of the gamers saved on the lookout for him. We fought Wolcott in our final match. A part of that was Wolcott (in protection). We pushed the ball effectively within the overtakes in opposition to Oxford and we bought the open man with the additional cross.”
Former Wilby assistant coach Trent Hilliard is in his fourth season as head coach of Washington Excessive Faculty in Charles City, W. Va..
Hilliard’s group performed Wednesday night time at Wilby and the Wildcats received 71-54.
Hilliard’s group went to the Naismith Basketball Corridor of Fame earlier within the day in Springfield, Massachusetts, and performed at Warren Harding Excessive Faculty in Bridgeport on Thursday.
Hilard was the quarterback for Harding within the early Eighties on groups with middle Charles Smith, an All-American in Pittsburgh who later performed within the NBA.
Hilliard was an assistant at Wilby when Alan Piccolo turned head coach 16 years in the past.
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