Wamogo demolishes Litchfield in rivalry night duel
Wamogo's Ethan Collins drives on Litchfield's Luke Parsons, who was called for a blocking foul, during Wamogo's easy win on Friday. John McKenna photos
For about six minutes or so of a rivalry night game at Wamogo on Friday, Litchfield appeared primed to give the unbeaten Warriors a run before a packed house.
Litchfield, shooting the ball well and playing aggressively, led 10-6 before Wamogo put its foot down and scored 11 of the next 13 points to take a 17-12 lead after one quarter. It was all downhill from there for the Cowboys as they wilted under Wamogo's relentless and stifling pressure and ended up on the short end of a 78-40 score.
"They were coming off a couple of good wins and we knew we were going to have to play well," Wamogo's Garrett Sattazahn said of the Cowboys. "We had to increase our energy level and once we did that we gained control. The rest of the way we executed and passed the ball well, which (coach Gregg Hunt) loves."
On one sequence in the fourth quarter, the Warriors made several passes against the beleaguered Cowboys before Sean Coffey ended up with the ball all alone at the three-point line. Coffey drained the shot and soon Hunt was clearing his bench.
"All season we've talked about making the extra pass to turn a good shot into a great shot," Hunt said of the sequence leading to Coffey's trey. "We shared the ball really well tonight."
It was another balanced scoring attack, too, for the Warriors as Coffey, Sattazahn and Ethan Collins each had 18 points and Reid Turtoro 16. Coffey added 12 rebounds and six assists and Satazahn had nine assists.
Wamogo is 9-0 and, as Hunt said, has begun to separate itself from the pack in the Berkshire League.
After taking a first-quarter edge, Wamogo turned up the pressure in the second quarter with an 18-8 run that gave the Warriors a 35-20 halftime lead. The Cowboys were better in the third quarter with 15 points but were still down big (57-35) entering the last eight minutes.
With the Warriors' offense humming in the final quarter and producing easy layups off steals, fast breaks and backdoor cuts, the game turned into a laugher. Litchfield hurt itself with 24 turnovers.
Tripp Melk, defended heavily all night, led Litchfield (4-4) with a hard-earned 18 points. Evan Fischthal was next with seven points. The Cowboys will host Torrington on Monday at 7 p.m.
Litchfield's Jared Guilmart prepares to dish off a pass while being defended by Sean Coffey, left, and Eric Odenwaelder.
Sean Coffey beats the defense to the bucket.
Garrett Sattazahn drives against Jared Guilmart.
Tripp Melk draws a foul against Sean Coffey early in the contest.
Reid Turtoro gets pushed by Tom Brady on the way to the basket.
Evan Fischthal rises for a shot for the Cowboys.
Wamogo coach Gregg Hunt has some choice words for one of his players.
Evan Fischthal has his shot blocked by Matt Mazzarelli.
Jared Guilmart beats Eric Odenwaelder to the basket.