By BRIAN JENNINGS
With a 58-45 win over Fermi, the Blue Knight boys basketball team (2-11) earned their second win of the season at home on Tuesday, Jan. 26.
The Falcons held a 9-7 by the end of the first quarter, but the Knights stormed back to take a nine-point lead, 28-19, lead heading into the second half.
John Mikosz helped to extend the Knights’ their lead to 13 points by the end of the third quarter with a dunk in the closing seconds, as they held on in the fourth behind the foul shooting of Nate Blitz (6-for-7 in game).
Blitz paced the Knights with 18 points on a pair of three-pointers and five rebounds. Jeremy Mercier contributed with 13 points and six rebounds. Mark Lindberg and Mikosz each added six. Mike DeFeo finished with five rebounds and four assists.
Josh Pasini led the Flacons with 23 points.
Southington coach John Cessario said that there are some teams that you have to slow it up against, but Fermi was a team that they wanted to come out and play a fast, full court game against.
“There’s a value in scouting teams, and we do it alot,” said Cessario. “You find out what you feel can be a strength for you, and tonight it obviously worked, not so much for who Fermi was, but because we had attempted to put forth a fast, aggressive game plan. The guys responded and we’ve attempted to implement that for all 12 of our games.”
Cessario said that the Fermi was playing a zone defense against them, but the Knights responded to it well.
“One of the things you don’t want to do is be impatient, even though you want to be fast,” the coach said. “You can move the ball fast and get the best available shot, and I felt like we were doing that. We were attacking the short corner and had some good looks from the elbows. Guys got after the glass. When you get an energy dunk from someone like John Mikosz, it allows everyone to pick up.”
The Knights took a trip to the eastern side of the state a few days later on Friday, where they fell short to Glastonbury (8-5), 53-33.
The Tomahawks held a 12-2 lead by the end of the opening quarter, and extended their lead to 13 points by halftime, 27-14. The Tomahawks’ lead grew to 20 points by the start of the fourth quarter.
Lindberg scored a team high of eight points and Blitz contributed seven.
With seven regular season games remaining on their schedule, Southington can only afford to lose one more game in order to keep their Class LL state tournament hopes alive.
The Knights will begin their quest at making the postseason this week when they travel to West Hartford for a road game against Conard (3-10) on Tuesday, Feb. 2 and return home on Friday, Feb. 5 to host Simsbury (10-3). The Knights suffered a 62-56 overtime at loss to Conard earlier in the year, as well as a 59-44 loss at Simsbury.