UNCASVILLE – Waterford High School boys’ basketball team defeated Watertown Saturday, 71-57, in the Mohegan Sun Arena to win the first state championship in the program’s history.
“The whole season, it's just been an incredible ride,” head coach Greg Gwudz said of his second-seeded Lancers. “We made a lot of history this year – the most wins in school history, the very first division championship in 36 years and the first state title in school history. It's a credit to the kids."
“They worked so hard,” Gwudz continued. “They bought in and they like each other. Everything we asked them to do they did with as much effort as they possibly could. It's a credit to what happens when everyone accepts their role. I'm just so proud of them.”
Center Nolan Long led all scorers with 21 points and added 11 rebounds, 10 off of the defensive glass. Geary McLeod chipped in 18 points, six rebounds, seven assists, a block and five steals in 32 minutes.
“Geary has just been so consistent all year,” Gwudz said. “He's faced the most incredible pressure throughout this tournament – Ansonia, Bloomfield, Valley, they keyed on him all game. Today was his time to shine.”