The Blue Knight; After 3 decades Ernie Blue remains the measuring stick for Southington scorers

It was no fluke. As a senior, he scored 451 points, and that still ranks fourth on the list of Southington’s single season performances. His 45-point performance in the opener still holds the record for the top single game performance of any Blue Knight, and his 43-point effort against Plainville in mid-February ranks on the all-time list.

Blue credits his coaching for the sudden rise to the top.

“I doubt that anyone else can claim that they had four hall of fame coaches in high school,” he said. “There was Walt Lozoski and Dom D’Angelo in my sophomore and junior years. Then, I was blessed to have Ed Nardi and Dick Lorenzo as coaches in my senior year, and they are all hall of famers. Then, I was blessed to continue on at college with John Salerno and Bob Ruderman—both Southington guys—and they were both New England Basketball Hall of Fame coaches. I think I was pretty good, but I was blessed to have the opportunity to play under those guys in that atmosphere and those circumstances.”

Whatever the reason, Blue was far from finished when he graduated Southington High School. He continued at Mattatuck Community College (now known as Naugatuck Valley Community College) where he managed to score over 400 points in both seasons under Salerno and Ruderman.

Blue scored 428 points in his freshman year and 449 points in his final season at the two-year

Ernie Blue leaps toward the net during a Mattatuck Community College basketball game in the mid-1970s.

Ernie Blue leaps toward the net during a Mattatuck Community College basketball game in the mid-1970s.

Ernie Blue in 1972

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