Mention theater at New Milford High School and the response most likely would be praise for the high school's litany of topnotch all-school, musical stage productions.

Yet there was plenty of theater and topnotch entertainment offered last Friday, Jan. 16 in the gymnasium, at the south end of the NMHS edifice.

Coach Wayne Thrall's Green Wave boys' basketball quintet staged drama of their own in outlasting Masuk of Monroe, 63-60.

The victory could prove pivotal, too, in the NMHS hardcourt season.

The `W' elevated the Green Wave to 5-4 overall and 2-0 early in the South-West Conference schedule.

Among the team's goals are qualification for the SWC playoffs, for which this win should prove very helpful, and also for the state class LL tournament.

With 11 games to play, the Green Wave needs just three more triumphs to earn its state invitation.

The narrow escape vs. Masuk's Panthers was the NMHS boys' third straight victory, and second consecutive tight win.

The Green Wave had outplayed non-league foe Wolcott, 71-63, on Jan. 10 and then rallied Jan. 13 from a 10-point, fourth-period deficit to stun host Kolbe Cathedral, 67-64, in Bridgeport.

Coach Thrall's crew was set Tuesday, Jan. 20 to visit Pomperaug in Southbury and will welcome Stratford to town Friday, Jan. 23 for a 7 p.m. opening tip.

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-- Norm Cummings