By Alan Pease
In a quirk of snowstorms and make-up games, the Coginchaug boys played games on three consecutive days, unfortunately losing all three.
In the last part of the Valentine’s Day double header at Morgan, on Thursday the 14th, the Devils trailed by only two at the end of one period, 8-10. A 20-6 run in the second period saw the Huskies ahead at 30-14 lead at the half, and while Coginchaug made a mini-comeback in the third period to draw within eleven at 38-27, the home team pulled away for a final score of 51-33.
Jack Granger and Alex Kotrady each scored six points, with Kotrady taking rebounding honors with six, and adding two steals, and Granger grabbing four rebounds and two each of steals and assists. Jackson Doyle scored five, adding three assists, two rebounds, a block and an steal. Devin Rodrigue had four each of points and rebounds, and had a steal, and Mike Bongiorno had a rebound and an assist.
Jeff Grumm was the leading scorer for the team off the bench with eight, adding four rebounds and a steal. Alex Markoski scored four and had two rebounds, and Conor Doyle had a rebound and an assist.
On Friday the 25th, the boys hosted the Cougars of H-K, falling behind 16-10 after one period, but coming back to tie the game at 22 all at the half. A very low scoring third period saw the visitors pull ahead of Coginchaug 27-26 after three periods. To start the final period, the Cougars went on a 7-0 run, and the Devils could not recover, losing 43-34 at the end.
Jackson Doyle led the Devils in scoring with ten, adding a rebound and a steal. Alex Kotrady led the team in steals, with seven, and rebounds, with six. Alex also scored seven and assisted once. Devin Rodrigue and Mike Bongiorno each scored eight points, with Devin adding five rebounds, two steals and an assist, and Mike adding a rebound and a steal.
Off the bench, Jeff Grumm had three rebounds, a block and an assist, and Josh Smith and Conor Doyle each contributed a rebound.
On Saturday the 26th, the Devils hosted the Panthers of Cromwell. Coginchaug kept the game tight early on, trailing by a single point, 12-13 after one period, and by eight, 25-33 at the half. Baskets from Granger and Rodrigue, then a trey from Bongiorno, then a charity try by Kotrady tied the game at 33 all half-way through the third period. But Cromwell want on a 10-3 run at the end to lead 43-36 entering the final period, and a twelve of fourteen performance from the line by the Panthers propelled them to a 64-50 victory in the end.
Mike Bongiorno led the Devils with 18 points, adding four rebounds and three assists. Jackson Doyle led the team in rebounding with eight, adding ten points, two assists and a steal. Devin Rodrigue grabbed seven rebounds, adding five points and two assists. Jack Granger led the team in steals with four, adding six rebounds, five points, and three assists. Alex Kotrady pulled in six rebounds, adding two points and an assist.
Off the bench, Jeff Grumm had another good showing with six points, two rebounds, a block and a steal. Conor Doyle and Taylor Sapia each scored two points, with Conor adding a rebound, and Josh Smith pulled in a rebound.
Coginchaug is 6-12, 6-11 in the Shoreline conference. They travel to 14-2 Enfield on Monday the 18th, and host 15-2 Valley on Senior night on Wednesday the 20th.