New Britain area basketball teams use snow days for extra preparation

Published on Thursday, 8 March 2018 21:04
Written by SHELBY IAVA


NEW BRITAIN - With the 12-plus inches of snow that fell down upon Connecticut Wednesday evening, it caused plenty of scheduling changes to the CIAC boys basketball tournaments.

Of the four New Britain area teams playing in the tournament - New Britain, Goodwin Tech, Southington and Innovation - three had their games pushed back to tonight.

The Hurricanes will tipoff tonight at 7 p.m. for its second round of the Division II state tournament game after having their game moved back from Thursday.

New Britain gets the chance to matchup with 10th-seeded New London for the third time this season. The Hurricanes hoping third time’s the charm, as it was unable to beat the Whalers in their previous two meetings.

The Gladiators are also tipping off tonight.

After receiving a bye in the first round of the Division IV tournament, Goodwin Tech will play tonight at home against 13th-seeded Valley Regional at 6 p.m. The Gladiators’ game was initially supposed to be 7 p.m. on Wednesday before getting moved up to 6 p.m. and ultimately postponed until tonight.

For the Southington boys basketball team, its game got postponed to tonight at Southington High School at 7 p.m.

The Blue Knights spent their snow day in the gym, getting a bit more practice.

“We use days off to our benefit,” Southington head coach John Cessario said. “We got in two hours of extra practice in.”

Southington has done everything it can in preparation for its second-round Division III game against No. 10 North Haven (13-8).

“We’ve gone over everything on film,” Cessario said. “We talked about everything that we want to accomplish defensively and now all we have to do is just have to put the ball in the hole.”

The Ravens are the lone area school still left in the state tournaments that didn’t have their game postponed as they still played at Parish Hill in the second round of the Division V tournament Thursday.

Although the weather and scheduling change didn’t affect Innovation, head coach Matthew Lance said it would not have made a difference.

“In regards to what days we have to play, the guys are just ready to play,” Lance said. “At this time of year, it’s always good for the guys to get an extra day of rest, but I also know with the amount of work that these guys put in. They would be OK if they had to go three days in a row. It’s not something that we’ve talked about a whole lot. It’s just been whenever the weather cooperates is when we’ll play, so that’s kind of where our focus is right now.”

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Goodwin Tech, Innovation, New Britain, Southington on Thursday, 8 March 2018 21:04. Updated: Thursday, 8 March 2018 21:07.