Locks Wins Battle of the Raiders

WINDSOR LOCKS- The Windsor Locks Raiders Boys Basketball team may be on their way to earning a new moniker this year, Raiders of the Three-Point Arc, if they continue to shoot the way they did in their opening night win over visiting Enfield.  Locks hit six threes, four in the first quarter, on their way to a runaway 68-33 win.

Windsor Locks (1-0) went 4-16 last season and missed the state tournament for the first time in six years.

“We talked about before the game how we have to get off to a better start,” Locks head coach Michael Mascaro said of starting the season with a win.  “It took us into January last year to get our first win.”

The Enfield Raiders (0-1) were 21-5 last season and made it to the semifinals of the Class-M State tournament, but lost four starters from that talented team.  The lack of varsity experience certainly hurt Enfield Friday night, as head coach Kevin Zalucki’s team turned the ball over 27 times to a far more experienced Locks team.

“It’s tough to win when you have almost as many turnovers as you have points,” Zalucki said.

Enfield started strong Friday, scoring two quick layups from the game’s leading scoring Rachone Prestone.  Preston had nine of his twenty points in the first quarter, but there would be little else offensive production for Enfield.

Windsor Locks stepped up defensively, forcing Enfield to turn the ball over frequently, and Locks’ Jon Oliviera hit two threes in the first quarter.  Oliviera’s teammates Matt Shaw and Nate Pierce also added a three-pointer apiece in the quarter, and Locks had a 17-12 lead at the end of the first.  Oliviera would finish the game with 3 three-pointers and 19 points.

“We have seven guys who can make threes and we have been making them,” Mascaro said of his hot-shooting team.  “We shot well in the preseason.”

The second quarter was pivotal for Locks on Friday night.  The Windsor Locks Raiders came out in a 1-2-2 three-quarter-court press that gave the young Enfield Raiders team trouble.  Locks was able to force turnovers and score on fast breaks.  Windsor Locks outscored Enfield 24-7 in the second quarter, and had a 15-0 run at one point that took Enfield out of the game for good.

Locks’ ability to force Enfield to turnover the ball was huge for the Raiders, creating a majority of their scoring opportunities.

“That’s one of our strengths,” Mascaro said of his team’s defense, “We’re not tall, but we’re quick and athletic.”

Enfield came out in the second half with a press of its own that was able to marginally disrupt the Windsor Locks offense, but it was too little too late for the visiting Enfield Raiders team.  Locks won every quarter and was able to add to their lead in the second half.  Windsor Locks would win the game by a final score of 68-33, led by Oliviera and Hector Martinez, who contributed 13 points.

“There’s only one way to go from here and that’s up,” Zalucki said of his Enfield team’s future.

“We found the open man and made extra passes,” Mascaro said.  “To get a win tonight is huge for us after last year.”

Enfield visits Farmington next Friday while Windsor Locks plays host to Coginchaug Monday.

For more photos from the game click HERE.





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