BY MARK JAFFEE
After two seasons of patiently waiting for a chance to play, Crosby High junior guard Ivan Craig seized the moment in his first varsity action Tuesday night against Torrington at the Crosby Palace.
While he didn’t start, Craig finished with a career-high 20 points, including six 3pointers, in the Bulldogs’ 8963 win over Torrington.
The 6-foot-3 Craig didn’t enter the game until about three minutes into the first quarter.
"Ivan has always been a great shooter, and leading up to the opener, he had a couple of really good practices and really picked up his defensive play," said Crosby coach Nick Augelli. "He deserved to play. If he misses two sh ots the entire night, that’s a lot. He’s good off the dribble and has a quick release. He doesn’t need a lot of room. In the future, he’ll either be starting or playing a lot. He’ll be the sixth man or the five-and-half man. He’ll get a lot of playing time."
Miguel Rivera and Jeremiah Kendall are senior co-captains. Kendall recorded 27 points and Rivera added 17 points against the Red Raiders.
Kendall played in the Hartford Pro-Am League last summer, and that experience elevated his game, said Augelli.
"Jeremiah is a good shooter, rebounder and ballhandler," said Augelli. "He also plays good all-around defense because of his anticipation and instincts. He has the total package. I’d consider him in the top three or four players in the state."