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March 8, 2014

Looking ahead to next year

After disappointing end to season, Triton basketball looks forward

An auspicious beginning gave way to a disappointing conclusion as Triton basketball became its own worst enemy as the season progressed.

A 9-11 record in its 2012-2013 season, Triton wasn't thrilled with the result but was optimistic about what stood ahead. A team with more experience and better-developed talent was set to take the court and Triton head coach David Clay felt that it could be a special year.

While this year's campaign began with an 0-2 beginning, tides seemed to be quickly turning on a program for the better. After responding to meet its first two losses with two consecutive wins, a highly anticipated match up at Newburyport stood on the horizon for Triton.

“I think it was really our only true win this year,” Clay said. “It was the one game that everyone was going to do whatever it took to win and they put everything on the line. I don't know if, at any point the rest of the season, they got back to that place where they had something to prove. They played hard the rest of the year, but I don't know if they put their whole self into another game.

“When you get too high, the only place to go is down, but I think it was more than that. To me, that was the one game they really looked forward to and were mentally prepared for. If they lost that game there would've been a lot of upset kids in the locker room.”

The Vikings went on to a 47-38 win. While it was the moment of the season for Triton, it was simultaneously the start of its downfall.

“We were just too high at that point and we didn't know how to respond,” said junior center Ellsworth Rogers. “We had never beaten (Newburyport) before and our experience showed after that game.”

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