Green Wave boys find this winter rough going Basketball wins are hard to come by for NMHS '5'

Basketball wins are hard to come by for NMHS '5'

A hot streak would be most welcomed these days by the New Milford High boys' basketball team.

That could refer either to the performance of coach Jim Luchsinger's hardcourt quintet or to the weather, which has helped put a serious crimp in the flow of the Green Wave's season.

The NMHS `5' dropped a 71-58 decision to Pomperaug Monday at home to fall to 3-8.

There is plenty of basketball to be played this winter but the Green Wave must win turns things around soon.

Coach Luchsinger and Co. need to earn five wins in their final nine games to qualify for the CIAC's state class `LL' tournament.

With nary an SWC victory to its credit at press time, hopes of a league playoff berth are dwindling.

The Green Wave had appeared poised to make its mark Dec. 30 when it registered a 67-48, non-league win over Rockville.

Since then, amidst a steady dose of snowstorms which have made practicing, let alone playing games, a challenge, coach Luchsinger's crew has dropped six straight.

Among the most disappointing setbacks was a 60-50 loss to arch-rival New Fairfield last Friday.

The game was moved to 4 p.m. from its usual 7 p.m. slot reportedly to keep a lid on what was expected to be a zealous crowd.

For sure, the student sections for both schools were loud and enthusiastic, as should be for a much-anticipated game.

From the opening tip, however, it was the Rebels' squad which proved the most zealous, breaking out to a 10-0 cushion i the opening three minutes and never letting the Green Wave inch closer than five points the rest of the way.

Steven Cronin, Mike Phillips and Derik Brady led the way for the Green Wave with 13, 12 and nine points, respectively, but NMHS was unable to mount a consistent attack in the half-court set.

Coach Luchsinger's team was scheduled Tuesday to visit Bethel but that game was postponed by this week's latest storm. No makeup date had been set by press time.

The Green Wave is slated to host Weston today (Friday) at 7 p.m. and will travel Tuesday to Stratford and next Friday, Feb. 11 to play Joel Barlow in Redding.