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Terryville tops Lewis Mills for BL Tournament title

POSTED March 08, 2014
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn

Terryville capped a perfect run through the Berkshire League with a 41-33 victory over Lewis Mills in the BL Tournament Final on Friday night.

WINCHESTER - After two years of close calls in the Berkshire League Tournament, Terryville let Lewis Mills take the air out of the ball at times Friday night but never let it take the wind out of its sails.

Senior Tyler Trillo scored 27 points and the Kangaroos capped a perfect run through the Berkshire League with a 41-33 victory over the Spartans on Friday night at Northwestern Regional.

With the win Terryville improved to 21-1 overall and 20-0 in the BL. Mills slips to 18-4, 16-4 with three of its losses this season coming to the Berkshire League champs.

"It feels great to win the tourtnament title," Trillo said. "It was definitely a goal of ours. We wanted to follow up the league title with the tournament title and enter the state tournament on a roll."

A roll is what the Kangaroos have been on all season. They won their final 17 games in the regular season and two more wins in the BL Tournament have that streak up to 19 in a row. Terryville will enter next week's Class S Tournament as the No. 2 seed and appear primed for a deep run.

But first things first and the Kangaroos had their sights set on the BL double. Last season they were knocked off in the tournament final by Northwestern, which completed its own BL blitz, this time it was their turn but the Spartans would not make it easy.

Mills took the air out of the ball on most of its possessions, looking to shorten the game and try and exploit any matchups they felt went in thier favor. It worked to a degree as they were able to keep the game close, but the Spartans could never really put the Kangaroos in danger.

"We had a game plan and we executed pretty well," Lewis Mills coach Todd Kozak said. "We were able to limit their possessions and the tempo, we just needed to make a couple more shots, especially in the third quarter."

Terryville led 28-22 at the half and then the game rteally seemed to grind to a halt in the third quarter. Mills' only points in the third came on a drive by Nate Cook that cut the lead to 28-24. Terryville managed just five points in the quarter, all by junior Shea Tracy, who hit a 3-pointer and a pull-up jumper to give the Kangaroos a 33-24 lead entering the fourth.

"We had a chance their in the third quarter where we cut it to four but just couldn't knock down a couple shots that would have put some pressure on them," Kozak said.

The difference was Cook found his touches and room to operate limited after scoring 12 of his team-leading 16 points in the first half.

"I thought we could have been more patient, executed better in the first half but we made some adjustments," Terryville coach Mark Fowler said. "We made a couple of adjustments and we executed better. We have great leadership on this team and they were determined to do whatever it took to win."

Mills got within five late in the fourth but Trillo went eight-for-eight from the line in the quarter to put the game away.

"After coming up short the last couple seasons it feels good to win this title," Trillo said. "It has beena goal of ours all season."

Much like Northwestern did a season ago, Terryville established itself as the team to beat early on and romped through much of its BL slate. The Kangaroos now enter the Class S tournament as the No. 2 seed and their goal is a deep run.

"This is a special team, with these three guards and the leadership we have. I think people will look back at this team as one of the special ones ever to come out of the Berkshire League," Fowler said.

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