By Alan Pease
Coginchaug Boys Top Old Saybrook
On Tuesday, February 2nd, the Coginchaug boys travelled to Old Saybrook to take on the Rams. Unfortunately, on that night we also had some snow squalls that turned Route 9 into a skating rink, so I had to miss what was apparently a pretty good victory for the Devils, as they came away with a 50-45 victory according to the CIAC web site. Thanks to Coach Todd Salva for a few details from the game.
It’s never easy to win on the road in the Shoreline Conference, and this was certainly not an easy game, as it was tied at nine apiece after one, and Coginchaug surged ahead 29-19 at the half. But late in the third quarter, extending into the fourth, the Rams went on a 14-0 run that knotted the game at 36-36 after three, and actually carried a four point lead with only three minutes left in the game. But ten points from Mike Bongiorno in the final period, including four of four from the line, allowed the Devils to pull ahead and take the 50-45 win.
Mike Bongiorno scored 20 points to lead Coginchaug, with Devin Rodrigue adding ten. Jackson Doyle scored eight, Alex Kotrady four, and Jack Granger dropped in one.
Off the bench, Alex Markoski scored five, and Josh Smith got two.
The win leave the Devils with a 6-9 record, needing two more wins in their last five games to make the state tournament – a tough challenge given the nature of the competition, with only Haddam Killingworth, a team that has already beaten Coginchaug, sporting a sub .500 record.
The boys still have a make-up game with Cromwell, on Saturday at 2:00, a game at Morgan, on the 14th, and a game against the aforementioned H-K at home on Friday the 15th. They also have games slated with two 13-2 teams; first place Valley at home on Wednesday the 20th, and at Enfield on Monday the 18th.