GRANBY — The day after Avon had routed Granby by 35 points in the NCCC boys basketball tournament title game, Granby coach Wally Hansen pondered what could motivate his team for the upcoming Class S tournament.
He turned to the sun — the Mohegan Sun Arena, site of the state championship game.
Hansen drew a smiling, circular sun face with “Mohegan” on its forehead on the team whiteboard in the locker room. Above it he wrote an inspirational quote from Celtics coach Doc Rivers: “I know you all want to win. . . but you have to do it TOGETHER!”
“I put it up because I didn’t want the season to end for these guys,”...