Ollie, Russell, GHS boys basketball expects success

The Glastonbury Boys basketball team has some big shoes to fill this season. The Tomahawks lost All-State center Jordan Butler and two-year starter Luke McNabb to graduation.

In 2012-2013, Glastonbury finished with an 18-7 record and was runner up in the CCC tournament, losing to back-to-back-to-back CCC Conference Tournament champions Windsor by a score of 74-67 in a game where Windsor led by double digits in the first half.The Tomahawks were able to come within one point of Windsor late in the game in a bitter defeat.

The Tomahawks earned a twelve-seed in the  Class LL state tournament, but fell to 21 New London 59-58 in the first round. It was the second straight year in which Glastonbury failed to make it out of the first round of the tournament. In 2011, The Tomahawks advanced to the semifinals as a fourteen seed only to lose to eventual state champion St. Joseph.

Despite talented teams over the years, the Glastonbury boys have only played in one state  championship game in school history, a 1940 Class S loss to Ellsworth.

James Vaughan, in his fourteenth season as head coach of the Tomahawks expects this year’s team to contend in the CCC North and improve throughout the season.

Vaughan’s team will be led by senior guards Jalen Ollie (15ppg) and John Russell (8ppg, 4rpg, 2 steals). Filling out the senior class for the Tomahawks boys basketball team are guards Joe Wiedemann, Connor Leahy, and Justin Eaddy.

The Tomahawks also expect juniors Chika Chukwu, Maxwell Hummel, and Christian Porydzy to be solid contributors, as all have prior varsity experience.

Glastonbury will have to find a way to make it work with a team heavy on guards and light on size. Fortunately for the Tomahawks, the guards are quick and athletic.

Look for Russell and Ollie to have big senior seasons if the Tomahawks plan on advancing beyond the first round of the state tournament in 2013-2014.

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