Berkshire League tourney title belongs to Warriors
Wamogo's Reid Turtoro lays up two points in a 74-47 win over Shepaug in the Berkshire League tournament championship game on Friday. Below, Wamogo coach Gregg Hunt holds the net after clipping the final string. John McKenna photos
By John McKenna
With a third straight Berkshire League tournament championship in the bag, unbeaten Wamogo turns its attention to the Division III state tournament and the ultimate goal of returning to the Mohegan Sun casino to play for a state title.
Coach Gregg Hunt's Warriors moved to 23-0 by throttling Shepaug, 74-47, in the BL championship game Friday at Lewis Mills. The contest was close for about 12 minutes before the Warriors pulled away using their myriad offensive weapons and a defense that stifled Shepaug.
"We had to win this tournament to make it the season we wanted," Hunt said. "Now we want to springboard off this into the (state) tournament. We are playing very well."
Wamogo, ranked first in Division III, gets a bye in the first round of the tourney and will host a second-round game Thursday at 7 p.m. The Warriors, who reached the Division V championship game last year at Mohegan Sun, will face the winner of Tuesday's game between Maloney and Shelton.
Sean Coffey had a big night against Shepaug as he struck for 19 points and 10 rebounds. Aggressive at both ends of the floor, Coffey continued his strong play of late as he has regained his shooting touch and has been a horse on the boards.
"I'm focusing more on rebounding and getting points in the paint," Coffey said. "My teammates were finding me and I was finally hitting some shots."
Coffey has been a key player on all three BL tournament championship teams.
"To do it three years in a row is unbelievable," Coffey said. "We've worked hard for it."
Ethan Collins also posted a double-double for the Warriors with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Garrett Sattazahn added 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Reid Turtoro, still slowed by a left ankle sprain, had seven points and six rebounds. Eric Odenwaelder and Matt Mazzarelli were contributors as well.
Sean Coffey launches a jumper to beat the buzzer at the end of the first quarter.
Garrett Sattazahn drives by Owen Hibbard.
Eric Odenwaelder grabs a rebound.
Sean Coffey slices his way to the basket.
Reid Turtoro pokes the ball away from Michael Perachi.
Eric Odenwaelder gets free for an easy two points.
Below, are photos contributed by Diane Blick of Litchfield, who has been a regular at Wamogo games. Blick's photos show the team celebrating its tournament title, coach Gregg Hunt cutting the final string of the net, and Hunt providing instructions at the start of the game.