By MICHAEL LETENDRE
PLAINVILLE – When the 2013 boys basketball CCC South All Conference Team was announced a couple of weeks ago, I had a sudden feeling of deja vu when looking at the list.
I was really looking for this one particular player to get voted the squad and for some odd reason, this particular Plainville warrior never made the team.
However, let’s rewind to why I got that feeling of deja vu in the first place.
Two seasons ago, I felt then senior Steve Boland got ripped off and didn’t make the squad off a really good year.
He deserved it then and there’s another player who certainly earned such a distinction this past season, causing that deja vu.
It was a darn shame that junior Eric Fischer didn’t make the all conference team as he certainly deserved recognition.
Unfortunately, some of the coaches of the CCC South saw it otherwise and Fischer was left off the CCC South squad.
Now, only 12 boys made the team and, frankly, it was a loaded group this year.
Here’s the list and some stats of those all conference players:
2012-13 Boys Basketball All Conference
SOUTH Division (with applicable numbers)
Bristol Eastern – Kevin Love (14.0 points-per-game, 9.6 rebounds-per-game), Ryan Chiasson (9.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg)
Bulkeley – Rahiem Robinson, Panjay Williams
Maloney – Jahil Askew (18.5 points-per-game, 5.8 rebounds), Kenny Dunn (10.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg)
Middletown – Brandon Simmons, Jaquan Collins
Platt – Tracy Rumley (15.7 points-per-game, 19 games played, no tournament)
Berlin – Darren Gilbert (15.0 points-per-game, 3.0 assists-per-game), Brenden Vessichio (14.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg)
Bristol Central – Jacob Collins
That’s quite some list there.
Bulkeley’s Jahil Robinson and Maloney’s Rahiem Askew are two of the top players in the league this year and deserve such a billing.
And, according to my CCC South source – the coach who actually tallied all the CCC South votes – Fischer missed the cut by just two votes.
He finished 13th in the all conference voting and that same coach, who tallied all the votes, tried to get Fischer on the squad but that request was denied.
Fischer matched the stats of some of those other players who made the CCC South team and – frankly – had himself one heck of a season.
He played in all 20 contests this year, averaged 12.6 points-per-game while dumping in a team best 252 points.
Fischer was second on the club in three-pointers made with 12, led the Blue Devils in rebounds (5.6 rebounds-per-game), blocks (2.0) and steals (1.3).
This guy was the heart and the soul of the squad and when Plainville was desperately looking for a victory this season, Fischer was the most dangerous player on the court.
Over the last 13 games of the year, he scored in double-figures and had fourgames of 20 points or more.
During that same stretch, Fischer knocked in 15.2 points-per-game, was everywhere on the court and was a beast in terms of production.
When Bristol Eastern smashed Plainville 75-41 from the Ivan Wood Gymnasium on Jan. 8, the Lancers dominated Fischer and company.
On Feb. 4, the team’s had its rematch in Bristol and Fischer looked like a completely different player.
He was amazing for Plainville and, honestly, he was the best player on the court that night in Bristol.
He blasted in 22 points off 10-of-15 shooting, hit two three-pointers, snared seven rebounds and loudly blocked two shots.
Fischer all but willed his team to victory, however, that elusive win never came to fruition.
I guess he was left off the CCC South squad because Plainville didn’t win a game and winning must carry some weight in some circles.
But Fischer left it all on the floor for the Blue Devils every night and kept playing at a high level – in what turned into a very tough campaign – and he kept coming back to practice for more, that speaks volumes of the young man.
I just wanted to make sure everyone knew about the efforts of Fischer because it’s too easy to see a 0-20 ledger, write off the team and all of its players.
This group of boys in Plainville worked extremely hard this season and hopefully, all the heartache this year turns into something good in 2013-14.
But give credit to the season Fischer has, even if the CCC South didn’t exactly see it that way.