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The results on the floor were not what was hoped for, but off the floor, the Centaurs benefitted from participating in the Cowboy Christmas Classic tournament in Litchfield.
 Because of the long drive necessary to get to the northwestern Connecticut town, coach Aaron Patterson gave the team a choice. They could come back home following the opening game with E.O. Smith Dec. 27 or stay in Litchfield.
 Just over half the team opted to stay.
 “It was good for team bonding, nice to be away for a couple of days,” Patterson said.
 The Centaurs went bowling together and had some other activities including meals together.
On the floor, after a tough loss to the Panthers Dec. 27, the Centaurs ran into a very deliberate Litchfield team.
The Centaurs pulled within three points early in the third quarter, but saw Litchfield pull ahead and then pull the ball out to score the 58-45 win in the consolation game of the Cowboys Christmas Classic tournament in Litchfield Dec. 29.
“They outworked, outhustled and outplayed us. They were just better than us that night,”  Patterson said.
Litchfield, which owned a 35-27 halftime lead, only outscored the Centaurs 8-5 in the third quarter.
“We were scrambling, but we just couldn’t turn them over,” Patterson said.
Chase Anderson led Woodstock Academy (1-2) with 12 points while Cole Hackett added 9.
In the opener Dec. 27, Anderson scored 24 points, but it wasn’t enough in a 70-53 loss to E.O. Smith.
Cole Hackett added 11 points for the Centaurs (1-2) while Eric Preston added eight.
The Academy led by a point after the first quarter, but were outscored 17-11 in the second and trailed at the half, 32-27.
The Panthers extended their advantage to 13 points by holding the Centaurs to just seven points in the third quarter.
Marc Allard
Sports Information Director

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