Knights still looking for their first win

Joe Koczera charges past an Amity defender during a loss on Dec. 29.

Joe Koczera charges past an Amity defender during a loss on Dec. 29.

By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

The Blue Knights basketball team (0-4) dropped its fourth straight game in their second home game of the season when they fell short to Amity (3-1), 46-27, on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Southington’s offense struggled, as they only put up just four points in each of the first three quarters, finding themselves down 29-8 by halftime. The Knights came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring 15 points, led by Matt Garry, who had a team high of five points with a three-pointer. Jack Herms, Mark Lindberg, and Andrew Lohneiss all contributed four points apiece.

Christopher Winkel led the Spartans with 11 points.

“As bad as we were, you have to tip the cap to someone like Amity, who obviously comes in with a defensive state of mind,” said Southington coach John Cessario. “What they’ve done is use their size and athleticism to their ability by choking lanes. When you get that against a younger team that is struggling to get open, that’s a tough combination for any young team to survive. There’s no question that we struggled, but I also know that the defensive mentality that they brought was a definitive contributor.”

Although his guys have endured stormy weather through the beginning of the season, Cessario said that he is optimistic for clear skies ahead, simply by taking away the positives from each loss.

“I found silver linings in 45-point losses to Weaver. I’m going to find silver linings to this because we do have a hard-working group that’s just starting to find some varsity looks,” the coach said. “We really only have one and half varsity guys, but when we start to get the varsity experience that we’re starting to get, whether it be in our slow up look or in our defensive sets, we’re going to look for them. That’s what we’re going to look at the film for.”

Southington will search for their first win of the season with a home matchup against Glastonbury (1-3) on Monday, Jan. 4, a road game at undefeated Windsor (5-0) on Thursday, Jan. 7, and back home to host Farmington (1-2) on Saturday, Jan. 9.

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