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Windsor Boys Dethrone Crosby In LL

Posted Sunday, March 22, 2009 by The Hartford Courant
Windsor Boys Dethrone Crosby In LL
By TOM YANTZ | The Hartford Courant
March 22, 2009

After missing a three-point attempt that would have tied the game, Anthony Ireland of Crosby (L) lies defeated on the court and Julio Vazquez clutches his head, as Windsor players (from left) Steven Samuels, Adrian Satchell and Douglas Soutar celebrate their 72-69 win. (MARK MIRKO / HARTFORD COURANT / March 21, 2009)
UNCASVILLE — - It's time to start looking at rings. Windsor is the Class LL boys basketball champion.

The Warriors outlasted defending champion Crosby-Waterbury 72-69 Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena.

"I'm going to have to go out and raise money for our jackets and rings,"
Windsor
coach Ken Smith said.

Doug Soutar had 26 points and Adrian Satchell added 17 points and 11 rebounds as the second-seeded Warriors (26-1) won their third championship and first since 1999. They are expected to be named the No. 1 team in The Courant's final state ratings this week.
"For seniors like Doug, Steve [Samuels] and Kinsgley [Boothe], guys I've been playing with since the seventh grade, this means so much," said Satchell, also a senior.

The Warriors' 18th consecutive victory since a loss to Bulkeley wasn't secured until
Crosby
guard Anthony Ireland missed a three-point shot from the left wing at the final horn.

"I thought I had it; I thought it was going in," said
Ireland
, who led the eighth-seeded Bulldogs (23-4) with 26 points.

The LL game was the last of the tripleheader night session, which drew 7,428.

It was a matchup of quick, athletic and talented teams.

Crosby led 16-15 after the first quarter, but Windsor rallied to go ahead, 27-19. Ireland
scored nine points in the first half but was limited to 11 minutes because of three fouls.

Soutar made two of his three three-point attempts and finished the first half with 17. Despite missing seven of 10 free throws,
Windsor
led 36-32 at the break.

Tyrus Weaver and Soutar scored on fastbreak layups off steals for a 51-43 lead with
2:22 left in the third quarter. Ireland hit a three and one of two free throws to make it 53-50, but Windsor
got it back to 58-52 at the end of three on Weaver's baseline drive.

Soutar's layup with
2:30 to go made it 69-64. Weaver missed the front end of one-and-ones with 21 and 13 seconds left. After Samuels almost made a steal but lost the ball out of bounds, Crosby
inbounded with 3.8 seconds left.

When
Ireland's shot bounced off the rim, Windsor
fans sprinted on the court.

"How about it?" Soutar said amid the din. "We're state champs."

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