NEWINGTON - It was a close game up until the very end, but the Newington boys basketball team was able to top Berlin in the end.
In a game that features two of the best players in the area in the Indians’ Jared Simmons and the Redcoats’ Spencer Duke, the matchup did not disappoint.
Duke finished the night with 23 points and Simmons 24 as Newington won 57-51 Thursday night.
But the Indians as has been the case all season, got plenty of help from their big man in Matt McKinnon, who finished with another double-double as he scored 19 points and pulled down 10 boards. Dylan Frisk was the only other Berlin player in double-figures with 10 points on five shots.
Newington jumped out to an early 18-6 lead after the first quarter, but the Redcoats managed to battler their way back in the second. Still, the Indians managed to take a 29-20 lead into the locker room at the half.
But Berlin seemed to carry its momentum into the third quarter, outscoring Newington 17-12. In the end, it was a close fourth that Indians managed to hold to pick up their seventh win of the season.
The Redcoats, meanwhile, fall to 5-7.
New Britain 66, Maloney 59: The New Britain boys basketball team jumped out to a fast start Thursday night against Maloney and never looked back.
Maurice Turner scored a game-high 19 points for the Hurricanes as New Britain scored 39 of their points over the first 16 minutes. Jahfari Newman and Jordan Williams also joined Turner in having big nights. Newman scored 17 points, while Williams netted 14.
The Spartans were able to pull within a point after appearing to regroup after halftime, outscoring the Hurricanes 18-10 in the third. But New Britain was able to rebound in the final frame, scoring 17 points to Maloney’s 11.
It was the third win in a row for the Hurricanes to bring their record to 4-9.
Goodwin Tech 57, Abbot Tech 50: It was a game that the Gladiators never really lost control of.
Goodwin Tech’s big first and third quarters made sure of it.
Francisco Santiago once again led his team in scoring as the Gladiator scored a game-high 19 points. But he was not the only one on Goodwin Tech reach double-figures. In fact, all five starters scored at least 10 points or more, with Josh Masterson netting the most after Santiago with 18.
“It was a total team effort tonight,” Gladiators head coach Reuben Charles said. “The entire team contributed to the win.”
Goodwin Tech is now 8-3 on the season.
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