While it is hard to fly under the radar with an 18-3 record, Conor Cronin and the Hampshire Raiders managed to do that for much of this season. Quietly racking up wins en route to a top seed in the division III tournament. Thanks in large point to veteran leadership from Cronin and the Raiders other three seniors.
“Back in my rookie years we definitely could have given up but we've come a long way,” said Cronin. “We had a lot of trouble through our early years but it made us grow into the team that we are today.”
“I think a lot of teams didn't know about us,” said head coach Claud Salomao. “A lot of people didn't know about us outside our family here. I'm so proud of the guys and how they persevered through the entire season. It's not always easy to fight and you almost want that notoriety in a way, but they didn't really care about that. They just wanted to go out there and play for each other.”
Cronin had a break out performance in the Western Mass quarterfnals with a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds over rival Easthampton. While the raiders season ended Wednesday night with a loss to Wahconah, Cronin and the team's accomplishments this season puts them among the best in school history.
“I knew we were going to be good but i didn't know that we were going to be this talented and have this much chemistry,” said Cronin. “I think we were the second team to go undefeated at home or the first. So we set some records and left our mark on this team. It's a great group of guys and I'm going to miss it.”
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