Bristol Central, St. Paul boys basketball teams ready to play after extended wait

Published on Thursday, 8 March 2018 21:10
Written by DAN ORENCOLE

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BRISTOL - With the state basketball tournaments just underway, this week’s nor’easter couldn’t have come at a worse time for the teams participating.

While the timing isn’t right, both St. Paul and Bristol Central, the two area teams left in the tournaments, believe their guys will be ready to go.

Nonetheless, it may very well have an impact on how each team fares in the games being played tonight.

The Falcons had already won their first round matchup in the Division III tournament. After originally being prepared to have just one day of rest in between games, the team had four because of the weather.

St. Paul’s second round game at Torrington had been pushed back to Thursday, but is now being played on Friday.

“It’s not the greatest time of the year to have a disruption in your schedule,” St. Paul head coach Steve Phelps said. “But I do realize and understand that when dealing with high school kids, they’re pretty resilient. Any of us coaches given a choice wouldn’t give the kids days off before tournament games. It adds another challenge. We all just abide by a higher power. But the extra rest we hope will be beneficial.”

“I’m confident in my players psychological preparation,” Phelps said. “It’s difficult in anything when the circumstances are out of your control. You try not to dwell on those types of things. Kids can get out and play on their own and hopefully they do.”

Bristol Central, the other local team competing in the postseason, hasn’t played yet after receiving a bye in the first round. The Rams first game was supposed to be played Wednesday night but has now been pushed to Friday. It will be the first game Bristol Central has played after having 10 days without a game on its schedule following the CCC tournament loss to East Catholic.

“At this point I don’t know if it makes a difference if it’s been 10 days,” Rams head coach Tim Barrette said. “Some teams have had over two weeks off. It gives you the opportunity to work on things you need to work on.”

The Rams got to practice Thursday after the roads were cleared off. On Wednesday they did not get to practice due to the conditions.

While an any day of practice is important, the team is itching to take the floor.

“My guys wanted to play Thursday,” Barrette said. “They’re excited. They’ll be ready to go on Friday.”



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, St. Paul on Thursday, 8 March 2018 21:10. Updated: Thursday, 8 March 2018 21:12.