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Wamogo upsets Mills to net BL tourney title
Litchfield.bz (03-02-17)


Wamogo's boys basketball team gathers for a photo after defeating Lewis Mills in the Berkshire League tournament championship game on Wednesday. Contributed photos

No one gave Wamogo much of a chance to beat Lewis Mills in the Berkshire League tournament championship game in Thomaston on Wednesday. After all, Mills had thumped the Warriors twice during the regular season, including a 74-39 rout two weeks ago.

But by playing a patient and precise brand of basketball, scrappy Wamogo turned the tables on Mills and posted a 45-38 win to capture the tournament title. The Warriors went on an 8-0 run in the final 1:48 to win the game. A three-point field goal by Reid Turtoro put the Warriors up 40-38 and a layup by Turtoro off a steal by Max Loomis made it 42-38 with 1:09 to go. A stunned Mills wouldn't score another point.

Wamogo (19-3) won by neutralizing Mills' size advantage and playing patiently on offense. The teams were tied at 19 at halftime before Wamogo went on a 14-4 run to take a 33-23 lead. Garrett Sattazahn nailed three straight three-point field goals and converted a three-point play to spark the surge.

Mills didn't go away, countering with a 15-2 run to take the 38-37 lead and set up the dramatic finish. Sattazahn had 19 points and Turtoro 15. 

Next for Wamogo is the Class S tournament. The Warriors, ranked fourth, will host Two Rivers (9-11) Tuesday at 7 p.m.

 

Ethan Collins cuts down his share of net after the victory. Below, Wamogo coach Gregg Hunt cuts the final strings of the net.

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