The weeks are winding down toward the South-West Conference playoffs and the CIAC state tournament.

All the while, the New Milford High School boys' basketball team clings to its aspirations to qualify for both post-season hoop events.

"We are still on track to make both," Green Wave coach Jim Luchsinger said recently of his 4-8 squad. "We need to put together four quarters of good play, night in and out, to make the league tournament. "As for the state tournament, we should be able to get four more wins to get in," he added. "It might take a few more for the league tournament. It also depends on what happens around us."

The Green Wave squandered a couple of homecourt opportunities within the past week, losing to Bethel, 76-59, last Friday and to Stratford, 68-60, Tuesday at NMHS.

In addition to solid scoring from Mike Phillips, "we have gotten consistent support from Teddy Augeri... he is averaging over 10 a game," said coach Luchsinger.

The Green Wave bench boss also noted double-figure games are sometimes received from Kyle Koestner, Dylan Harris or Brian Larkin.

The NMHS quintet will visit Weston today (Friday) and host Joel Barlow Tuesday as it head continues its bid for tournament qualification.

"Right now the state of mind of the team is pretty optimistic," said coach Luchsinger. "We have been in every game and lost a few close ones. We know we need to work on rebounding and boxing out due to the fact we are usually not as big as other teams."

"We always want to limit our turnovers," he concluded, "and play great defense."

-- Norm Cummings