Crosby boys still looking to mesh at midway point of the season

Jeremiah Kendall (11) led the Crosby attack with 24 points.

The Crosby boys basketball team is still trying to find the right combination, according to head coach Nick Augelli.
The long-time Bulldog leader mixed up his starting lineup again for the game against the undefeated Sacred Heart Hearts. Crosby jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first 2:04 of the game, forcing a Sacred Heart timeout. 
Less than three minutes later, the Hearts claimed an 11-10 advantage. Sacred Heart never trailed after that and won 83-69. The Hearts improved to 7-0 while the Crosby Bulldogs dropped to 7-3.
“It’s still a work in progress,” Augelli said.
Jeremiah Kendall led Crosby with 24 points. 
“I thought Jeremiah played OK,” Augelli said.

Miguel Rivera (4) scored 15 points and some craftiness to his offensive game.

Miguel Rivera tallied 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Rivera also made a slick, Tony Parker-like move for a three-point play that showed off a crafty mindset. Rivera got near the basket, then quickly flipped up an underhand lay-up while being fouled.
Eleven different Bulldogs scored in the game.
“I thought some of the guys I played [Wednesday] did well,” Augelli said.
Marquel Jackson-Smith was one of those new starters. Augelli liked the energy he got from Jackson-Smith. The problem is, the energy wasn’t consistent enough team-wise.
“When we made a comeback in the game, we’d have three, four turnovers,” Augelli said.
Those turnovers, missed defensive assignments, and lack of boxing out at points hurt Crosby. They were mistakes that couldn’t be made against Sacred Heart.
Augelli told Joe Palladino of the Waterbury Republican-American that he thought his team would be getting better at this point in the season. He also said he will mix up the lineup more in the team’s next game, which is Friday at Wolcott.