BERLIN - After a longer-than-usual offseason high school basketball officially returned on Monday.
And for the Berlin boys’ team it was a little bit of an extra positive.
Sal Dastoli scored 22 points and Michael Ciarcia added 15 as the Redcoats beat Newington 55-42.
It was nice to see the kids back on the court after not playing for much of the past year,” Redcoats head coach Mike Veneziano said. “Both teams made some mistakes, but it was great to see the kids back out there tonight.”
The game was close for the first three quarters of the game. Newington led by three at the half, while Berlin led 40-36 entering the fourth quarter. But it was the final quarter that ultimately saw the Redcoats pull away for the win after outscoring Berlin 15-6 over the final eight minutes of play.
In addition to double-figure scoring from Dastoli and Ciarcia, the Redcoats got a number of other contributions throughout the night. Alex Gabor and Toby Lavender recorded four steals each, Justin Piskorski had five assists, and Jake Smalley and John D’Amore pulled down six boards.