NEW BRITAIN - For the first time in the programâs brief history, the Innovation boys basketball team is heading to the postseason.
Behind a dominant defensive performance as well as a game-high 16 points from Carlos Gonzalez, the Ravens beat Achievement First 60-28 Wednesday night, qualifying for the Division V tournament.
Innovation started playing varsity boys basketball as Med-Ed Prep in 2015.
âItâs definitely something weâre proud of,â Ravens head coach Matt Lance said. âHow weâre playing lately, though, I told the team thereâs still more weâre looking to accomplish moving forward. It is nice, but weâre looking for more.â
Innovation jumped out to a 21-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Achievement first was held to single digits in every quarter expect for the last, but by then, then game was well out of reach.
Santino Neil led Achievement first with nine points as the Ravens moved to 8-5 on the season.
Southington 44, Newington 30: Utilizing a one-sided second half, the Blue Knights earned their 11th victory of the season.
Bri Harris scored a game-high 18 points, 16 of which came in the second half. Of those 16 second-half points, nine came in the final quarter of play.
âWe started out real slow,â Southington head coach Mike Forgione said. âBut after the first half, we ended up winning the second half 30-10 and that turned out to be the difference.â
Janette Wadolowski added 16 points of her own to Harrisâ. The Blue Knightsâ senior also pulled down 12 rebounds.
Ashanti Frazier finished with a double-double for Newington. The Indiansâ sophomore scored a team-high 15 points and had 10 rebounds. She also had four steals.
Her teammate, Olivia St. Remy, finished with just two points, but had nine rebounds.
Bristol Eastern 72, Berlin 6: It was a tough night for the Redcoats.
Berlin won just one match - Dan Veleas at 125 pounds after he pinned Nolan Short in 3:06. Veleas moves to 25-2 on the season.
Middletown 60, Plainville 15: The Blue Devils couldnât tame the Blue Dragons.
Plainville won just three matched on the night.
At 152 pounds, Alex Hernandez pinned Middletownâs Zach Rivera in 1:53. At 160, the Blue Devilsâ Caleb Korona pinned Shyheim Lespier in 2:45. And at 170, Ty Pales beat Middletownâs Jake Bowen 7-4.
âWe gave up too many forfeits and half our team was out with the flu,â Plainville head coach Rusty Spence said. âWe had a lot of JV kids wrestle tonight.â