Cowboys Top Bears in Holiday Tourney

CHARGING CHAD - Chad Suckley has been the go-to guy for the Thomaston High School boy’s basketball team in the early stages of the season. Suckley, a junior, averaged 22 points per game for the Golden Bears in opening week games against Litchfield and O’Brien Tech. (Photo courtesy of Art Rich Photography) 

THOMASTON - After one decisive win and two close losses, the Thomaston High School boys’ basketball team concluded the 2019 portion of their schedule with a home court Berkshire League game against Nonnewaug on December 30. After a loss to The Gilbert School, coach AJ Bunel’s Bears bounced back with a non-league win over O’Brien Tech, then nearly overcame a double-digit deficit before losing at Litchfield High School.

“It would be nice to close the year on a winning note,” said Bunel of the matchup against the Chiefs, who came into the Bear Cave with a 1-1 record.


Led by the unconcious three-point shooting of junior guard Matt Rousseau, hosting Litchfield High School managed to hang on to pin a heart-breaking 54-53 defeat on the Golden Bears in the semifinals of the Cowboy Classic on December 27.

Rousseau, who finished with a team-high 26 points, connected  on eight three-pointers for the Cowboys, which evened its’ record at 1-1.

Despite Rousseau’s heroics, the Bears hung with Litchfield throughout, because one of their own was matching Rousseau point-for-point, plus one.

Junior Chad Suckley was on top of his game, finishing with a game-high 27 points for the Bears, including four three-pointers during a 13-point fourth quarter barrage.

Keegan Daigle finished with 10 points for the Golden Bears; Isaiah Johnson and Ty Harkness contribued five apiece, but  their efforts came up one point short.  

Evan Fischtal scored 12 points for Litchfield.

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Thomaston 14 11 8  20  53

Litchfield    20  7 13 14  54

Keegan Daigle 4-2-10; Ryan Bethin 1-0-2; Brandon Fainer2-0-4; Isaiah Johnson 2-0-5; Ian Bethin 0-0-0; Chad Suckley 9-5-27; Ty Harkness 2-0-5. TOTALS: 20-7-53.

3-pt. FG: Suckley 4, Harkness, Johnson 1.


With a 39-17 second and third quarter run acting as the catalyst, the Golden Bears evened their overall record at 1-1 with a non-league 58-37 win over O’Brien Tech on December 23.

“Always nice of Santa to deliever a pre-Christmas gift in the form of a ‘W,’ said Bears’ coach Bunel after the team offset the opening-game loss to The Gilbert School.

The Bears didn’t make things easy on themselves in the early going as they trailed by eight points after the end of the first quarter.

However, theings opened up for the locals in the second quarter; led by Chad Suckley and Keegan Daigle, Thomaston used a 17-5 run to take a 22-21 lead in the halftime.

Balanced offense wqas the difference as the Bears took control in the third quarter with a 22-12 spurt.

Adding the pullaway points were Ty Harkness, Brendan Fainer and Ian Bethin.

“In all, we had eight players score,” said Bunel, “and that’s the key to any win - having as many people involved as possible.”

Suckley led the Bears, who made seven three-point field goals, with 17 points; Daigle added 12 while Harkness, with eight and Fainer with seven points all contributed. 

Jamesyn Brothers paced OBT with 16 points as they fell t0-2. 

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O’Brien Tech  13   5 12  7  37

Thomaston      5 17  22 14  58

Keegan Daigle 5-2-12; Ryan Bethin 2-0-5; Brendan Fainer 3-0-7; Ty Harkness 3-0-8; Isaiah Johnson 1-0-2; Ian Bethin 2-0-4; Chad Suckley 6-3-17; Nate Scarola 1-1-3; Shawn Galeski 0-0-0; Tyler Bond 0-0-0, Michael Genovese 0-0-0; Dan Suckley 0-0-0. TOTALS: 23-6-58.

3-pt. FG: Suckley 2, Harkness 2, Bethin, Fainer. 

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