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Basketball

WLC upsets Colebrook in thriller

Junior Jordan Litts put on an amazing performance with 42 points and 24 rebounds

By now, everybody in the state knows just how good Jordan Litts is. Opposing teams throw double or even triple teams at him, hoping to slow down the scoring machine, and WLC’s first-round playoff opponent, Colebrook, was no exception. On Tuesday night, the No. 12 seed Warriors headed up to face the No. 5 Mohawks in a game many pundits in the state thought would go Colebrook’s way.

Early on, it looked like the pundits and the seeding was correct. Colebrook jumped out to a 16 point lead in the first quarter; rather than sit back and accept their fate, the Warriors rallied.

“We just chipped away, chipped away,” said Warriors coach Ken Garnham. Even with the Mohawks devoting all their defensive attention to Litts, he would not be denied.

“He just took over the game,” Garnham said. “They played man-to-man, full court, and he just blew by them and muscled his way to the hoop. I don’t think it would have mattered what anybody did, he was just determined to bring us back.”

The resilient Warriors kept eating into the lead steadily throughout the course of the game, finally breaking through with about two minutes remaining when they took their first lead on two foul shots by sophomore Duncan Rae. They were his only two points of the game, but they were huge. Then James Edmunds, not known for his free throw shooting, stepped to the line and gave WLC a three-point lead that they would not relinquish.

“He made a huge foul shot,” Garnham said. “That’s what teams have to do in the playoffs.”

WLC won the game 59-56; Litts led all scorers with 42 and grabbed 24 rebounds in the course of his dominant night – a night that Garnham called one of the great high school single performances he’s ever seen.

“He’s a heck of a weapon,” Garnham said. “Teams have really planned to stop him. If they really don’t do something to stop him and take him out, he’s going to have a huge game.”

Now, the 12-seed Warriors must travel to No. 4 Sunapee on Friday night at 7 p.m. for a rematch with the rival Lakers. Sunapee has already beaten WLC twice this season, 70-61 at Sunapee on Feb. 4 and a surprising 84-36 blowout win in Wilton in the last game of the season.

“We gave them a very good game at their place,” Garnham said. In the last game, “there’s no question we were tired and we were flat,” he said. “We’re going to make some adjustments and hopefully those adjustments will make it a pretty good game.”

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