WATERBURY >> It’s rare that a state tournament win takes a back seat to personal milestones. On Tuesday, No. 3 seed Crosby achieved two milestones in its 91-54 victory over No. 30 Manchester in the Class LL opening round.
The victory was the 600th of head coach Nick Augelli’s stellar 34-year career. He becomes the fourth coach in state history to achieve the milestone.
“My two assistant coaches, Larry DeVito and Billy Mahoney, have both been with me 24-plus years each,” said Augelli, 67. I’ve been blessed with two good assistants, I’ve been blessed with great players and my wife puts up with me. Put that all together and that’s what 600 wins means to me. It’s been a great career for me. Hoiefully, I have a lot more years left.”
With 6:45 left in the second quarter, Tyshon Rogers hit two free throws to become the all-time leading scorer in Naugatuck Valley League history, passing former Torrington center Jordan Williams.
“I was getting text messages and calls every single day telling me to break the record,” Rogers said. “I never thought I was going to get it this year.”
Said Augelli: “About two weeks ago , I told myself it would be nice if Tyshon and I both broke the records on the same night. Tyshon is a special player. To have us both make history at Crosby on the same night is special.”
The game against Manchester was never in doubt in the second half. Among the people on hand to witness the milestones was Holy Cross coach Ed Generali, who has 546 wins himself.
Crosby, the No. 3 team in the GameTimeCT/NH Register boys basketball top 10 poll, will host No. 14 Stamford in the second round Thursday.
In an interesting bit of irony, Manchester beat Notre Dame-West Haven in the Class LL opening round last year. That win denied Notre Dame coach Gary Palladino his 500th win in his final game as a high school coach.