By John Torsiello
When you win 23 games, capture a regular season conference title and win a state championship what do you do for an encore?
Well, how about try and go out and repeat all three marvelous accomplishments.
That’s the mindset the Granby Memorial High School boys basketball team will have this winter.
“We have guys on this team that have experienced success and are hungry to continue to improve and get better,” said head coach Walt Hansen, who is in his eighth year. His teams have posted a 108-61 mark during that time frame. “Thus far, we have had solid leadership from our returning seniors and we have guys that put in some good work over the off-season that can pay dividends this year.”
The Bears have two returning starters, one player who got into most games last year and another who was a key reserve and one of the team’s most improved players.
Returning starters are junior forward Tanner Gibson and senior center Curt Flood, while junior David Eke came off the bench last year during the team’s championship runs, and senior center Zach Quinn started most games last year. The fifth starter at this point appears to be senior guard Logan Brower.
The Bears have seven seniors in all on their roster.
“Our team strengths are leadership, positive attitude, post play and our overall size,” said Hansen. “But after the graduation of two All-State guards and another All-North Central Connecticut Conference guard, we are inexperienced in the backcourt.”
He added, “I like our overall energy, work ethic and early cohesiveness. Our keys for a successful season will be consistent and improved guard play throughout the season, controlling the backboards, and pressure defense.”
The team’s goal?
“Contend for a conference title,” said Hansen.