New Milford Knights win championship
The New Milford Youth Basketball Organization’s seventh-grade boys travel team, the New Milford Knights, recently enjoyed their own version of March Madness this year, ending a very successful season in a thrilling four-overtime game in Milford.
The Knights are the Fairfield County Basketball League B North Division regular-season champs, with a 9-1 record in their division and a 26-9 record overall.
Even after the FCBL season ended, the Knights kept playing, making it all the way to the quarterfinals of the CT Hoopfest Tournament, which included about 50 teams from Connecticut and Rhode Island.
The season finally came to end, but not until pushing the CT Speed Lions from Orange into four overtimes — two of them forced by buzzer-beating 3-pointers.
“This team just didn’t give up. They played with energy, effort and enthusiasm throughout their entire season,” said coach Keith Tooley.
“I couldn’t be prouder of them. They represented their town and the NMYBO with class,” Tooley said.
Eric Diaz led the team with an average of 19.7 points per game. Diaz also led the team in rebounds, steals, and blocks.
Nathan Lawson led the team with 73 assists.
Aiden Tooley was the team’s top 3-point shooter. He made 48, 3-point shots during the season.
Members of the Knights were Jack Coloneri, Michael Croker, Eric Diaz, Luke Hassiak, Ethan Jung, Nathan Lawson, Justin Leclair, Alec Llerena, Sam Tarrant, Nick Tomasello, Aiden Tooley and Terrell Williams.