TERRYVILLE - After having lost starting point guard and best player Evan Dorso in its win against Nonnewaug, the Terryville boys basketball team on Wednesday night was seeking its first victory since his injury, after losing its previous two straight.
The Kangaroos did just that, grinding out a 64-53 overtime win against Achievement First on Wednesday and outscoring the opponent 15-4 in the overtime period.
“It wasn’t pretty,” Terryville head coach Mark Fowler said. “We’ve got to do a better job taking care of the ball, but finding a way to win without your best player and your leader means a lot for this group. We needed it.”
Mike Tiscia led the Kangaroos in the game with 28 points and has stepped into the role as the go-to scorer for Terryville.
“Mike plays really hard,” Fowler said. “He’s playing a spot that’s not his natural position and sometimes he tries to do too much. He came up with some big baskets out there and when the pressure got tight, we still had to lean on him. He’s got a lot of heart and he wants to win when it comes down to it.”
Down the stretch Tiscia was especially impressive, wanting the ball in key situations, and he delivered with 11 points in the second half and eight of the Kangaroos’ 15 points in the overtime period.
“Tiscia was great,” Terryville’s Shawn Iwanow said. “He knocked down the shots we needed him to. He was big when we needed him.”
Iwanow added 14 points for the Kangaroos and along with Tiscia the two formed an offensive duo that will be big moving forward.
“We played well as a team,” Tiscia said. “My teammates let me get open. We did a good job running the plays effectively and that showed on the scoreboard, putting up 60 points. We’ve only done that two times this season.”
While there is still much to prove moving forward, getting that first win without Dorso is a big confidence boost for a team that looks to rediscover itself.
“We worked our hearts out, man,” Iwanow said. “We had some big plays that kept us in there. Then we had some not so good plays that brought them back; and in the end everybody stepped up and we did what we had to do to get the win.”
Terryville improved to 2-4 for the season.
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