SOUTHINGTON — For the first time all season, the Southington boys basketball team is finding itself in a position it hasn’t all season — in the midst of a losing streak.
And the Blue Knights know exactly why. They’ve lost their rhythm.
“We did not shoot well [Thursday], at all,” Southington head coach John Cessario said. “There was no flow to our offense. This is the one thing I can’t give to Avon. Iit’s not like they were really bothering us, I just felt like our offense was very stagnant.”
After winning five straight games, the Blue Knights fell first to Simsbury and then most recently against Avon.
The tough schedule will continue today for Southington, as it will see Wethersfield (11-2), who is on a hot streak of nine consecutive wins.
“We have a third game coming up that is going to be just as difficult,” Cessario said. “Past success and past failures can’t help us with what’s coming down the pike on Saturday. Of course we’re going to recognize some of our mistakes. We watch film, we’ll tweak some things, but we have to get into more rhythm offensively. That's two games in a row where our offense has had no rhythm. We've got to do what we have to do to get shooters to get shots, get the big guys shots and get the best point guard play we can get, the best running game we can get and try to take on Wethersfield now.”
All of the Blue Knights struggled Thursday evening.
Andrew Lohneiss, Southington’s leading scorer who averages almost 20 points per game, was held to just 13 points. The 6-foot-1 shooting guard also had trouble against Simsbury, only putting up four points.
“Once again, I just felt like we needed to find rhythm,” Cessario said. “Find rhythm for a scorer like Lohneiss who struggled against Simsbury, we wanted to get him looks [on Thursday]. Unfortunately we didn't do that.”
In all their troubles offensively, there was some good that came out of Thursday’s game, Timothy O'Shea.
The senior has spent the last few weeks sitting on the sidelines due to an ankle injury that occurred toward the beginning January against Conard. He finally stepped foot back on the court, Monday evening.
“We had a great lift from O'Shea,” Cessario said. “I thought he played some high quality minutes. He was able to get the ball into the basket for us.”
The 6-foot-4 center has yet to start a game but Cessario said he should be good to go on today.
“Against Simsbury he played maybe 7-10 minutes,” Cessario said. “But [Thursday] he ended up giving us more minutes. There's a comfort level in his ankle so he’s getting in there.”
With O’Shea back in the lineup, Southington is hoping to get back on top and with Wethersfield waiting, the Blue Knights cannot look back.
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