Cowboys impressive in tourney's third-place game
Litchfield's Tom Brady runs into traffic on his way to the basket during a 58-45 win over Woodstock Academy in the consolation game of the Cowboy Classic on Friday. John McKenna photos
After a shaky three-game start to the season, Litchfield High's boys basketball team put it all together in the consolation game of the Cowboy Classic on Friday.
Playing loose and confident from the opening tip, the Cowboys rolled to a message-sending 58-45 victory over Woodstock Academy, a Class L school. With the victory, coach Dan Goscinski's club served notice to the Berkshire League that it will be a factor provided it comes to play like it did on Friday.
"I think the kids now understand that we have to play hard the full 32 minutes," Goscinski said. "So far we've either played up to the competition or down to the competition, and tonight we played up. I told them before the game that we had nothing to lose playing a Class L school and they went out and performed in a way that should boost their confidence."
The Cowboys (2-2) played their best first half of the season and led 35-27 at the break. They then held Woodstock to 18 points in the second half in pulling away behind Jared Guilmart (14 points), Tripp Melk (13), Tom Brady (10) and Matt Schweter (nine). Brady sank five of six free throws in the fourth quarter and Schweter and Glenn Doyle neutralized the Centaurs' inside game with aggressive defense and rebounding.
"The defensive effort was fantastic," Goscinski said. "This was a huge win for us."
Litchfield will look to capitalize on its effort when it resumes BL play Wednesday against Shepaug. The Spartans, based on their upset win over Wamogo this week, will pose a serious test.
Matt Schweter lets one go from the corner.
Glenn Doyle heads up the court.
Jared Guilmart shows flawless form on a shot.
Tripp Melk leaps to pull down a pass.
Matt Schweter works inside for a shot.
Ryan Murphy rises above the defense.
Matt Schweter challenges for a rebound.
Ryan Murphy protects the ball on his way to the hoop.