SOUTHINGTON - If Monday nightâ€™s Division III state tournament game was any indication, Holden Murphy is poised to have a big senior season next year.
The 6-foot-3 junior forward scored a game-high 27 points, including three 3s in the Berlin boys basketball teamâ€™s overtime loss at Southington. Murphy was also 6-for-7 at the free throw line and was the lone Redcoat to finish the night in double figures.
â€śHolden probably has the most potential of anyone on our team and [Monday night] he showcased it,â€ť Berlin head coach Mike Veneziano said. â€śHe showcased it throughout the season at times but [Monday] he was able to do it for 36 minutes. Heâ€™s got a lot of potential. He could be a special player for us.â€ť
Murphyâ€™s talent was even noticed by Southington head coach John Cessario.
â€śWhat a game [Murphy] had,â€ť Cessario said. â€śHeâ€™s a tremendous player. We knew about him going in. For [Murphy] to come in and do what he did was a true testament to his preparation. Heâ€™s a good player.â€ť
Over the past week, Murphy and the rest of the Redcoats were able to spend a lot of time focusing at practice. With so many games during the season, practice time can be scarce. So when Berlin found out it was playing against Southington, it was able to really see what it was up against and game plan for it.
Murphy in particular knew he was going to have a big game if the Redcoats were going to advance.
â€śI just knew I had to play well for the team to win,â€ť Murphy said. â€śEveryone played well on our team [Monday], thatâ€™s why we were in it at the end. We really came together over the last week. We had one of the best weeks of practice for this last game and thatâ€™s why we played really well.â€ť
And while Berlin finished its season 8-13, Murphy already has his goals set high for next yearâ€™s basketball season.
â€śI just want to play well next season,â€ť Murphy said. â€śI want my team to win and make it to the postseason and just go far.â€ť
If he does continue to play well, the Redcoats could certainly be a team to watch out for.
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