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Terryville leaves no doubt about who's best in BL

POSTED February 21, 2014
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn

BURLINGTON - Terryville clinched the Berkshire League boys basketball title Friday night in emphatic fashion.

Led by its backcourt, defense and sneaky good rebounding, the Kangaroos jumped all over Lewis Mills early and then rolled to a 66-35 victory in front of a packed house in Burlington.

Tyler Trillo scored 25 points, Jacob Johnson added 19 and Shea Tracy, the third member of Terryville's three-headed backcourt monster, added nine. The Kangaroos improved to 17-1 overall and 15-0 in the Berkshire League. 

"When you have three guards like we do and we play with the effort that we do, it's going to be hard to beat us," Terryville coach Mark Fowler said. "We are a tough squad and we played well tonight."

Terryville has two more league games to go but came into Friday nights game with Lewis Mills smelling a title and they went for it. Trillo, Johnson and Tracy each hit a three in the opening quarter as the Kangaroos jumped out to a 19-8 lead.

It was just the kind of start Terryville was looking for. The gym was packed and the Mills student section came out in force but except for the first four minutes, the Spartans didn't give the home crown much to cheer for.

"Over the first four minutes it's 8-6 and were in it," Mills coach Todd Kozak said. "We break the game down into four minute blocks and over the last four minutes of the first quarter they beat us 11-2 and that was when they took over the game."

The Kangaroos led 32-19 at the break and the Spartans were in trouble. Terryville was getting second shots, playing good defense and Mills had trouble matching them.

"We came out to tonight like we have every game and played as hard as we can," Trillo said. "We played good defense and made the extra pass and played a good game. To win the league title and reach one of our goals feels great."

Dan Kryzanski hit a three for the Spartans to start the third quarter but in a flash the Kangaroos answered and put the game out of reach. Trillo hit a jumper, Tracy buried a corner three off a steal and Trillo added another hoop and all of a sudden it was 40-23 and the only thing that felt like it was in doubt was the final score.

"They have played in big games over the past few years together and made some runs in the state tournament and they came out and played like it," Kozak said. "They were more physical than us and we didn't match that and that is what's disappointing."

The night was a bit of a letdown for the Spartans who slipped to 14-3 this season and saw their eight game win seal snapped. Mills had not lost since a 25-point loss to Terryville nearly a month ago. On the flip side it was a night to celebrate for the Kangaroos, who can now check off one of their goals for the season.

"It feels great to reach one of our goals," Johnson said. "We have been talking about this since the beginning of the season and to accomplish it is awesome."

Now Terryville's goals turn to an undefeated run throughout the BL, a league tournament title and a deep run in the Class S state tournament. The ultimate goal is to hang a banner along side the state title teams of 1983, 1984 and 1995.

It remains to be seen if it can be done, but you get e feel ing Fowler believed this team has a chance.

"It's a once in a lifetime team with the guards that we have," Fowler said.

When pressed about if this special group can make its own mark in the programs history books, Fowler remains optimistic but also takes a wait and see approach.

"Let me get back to you at the end of the year I'll let you know," Fowler said. "There is still a lot of basketball to be played. Winning the BL title is awesome, it's been our goal since the beginning of the season but now we have bigger aspirations."

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