Sports Roundup: Newington boys basketball continues hot streak with win over Maloney

Published on Tuesday, 7 February 2017 21:52
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NEWINGTON - The Newington boys basketball keeps on winning.

Jared Simmons scored a game-high 28 points and Matt McKinnon added 13 of his own as the Indians topped Maloney 65-60 Tuesday night. Newington has now won four straight and nine of its last 10.

It was a game the Indians never trailed in, as they jumped out to a fast start with 15 points after the first quarter and went into halftime up 28-26.

Not looking to keep the game close, Newington saved its best offensive output of the night for the third, outscoring the Spartans 23-18. Then it was just a matter of holding onto the lead for the final eight minutes of play. A 14 spot in the last frame all but sealed the victory for the home team.

The win now bumps the Indians to 10-5 after a slow 1-4 start to the season.

Prince Tech 65, Goodwin Tech 56: Goodwin Tech found itself behind early wand was never able to fully recover. The Gladiators managed just 16 points in the first half to Prince Tech’s 38 and attempted to battle back in the second half. Although Goodwin Tech finished with 40 points over the final 16 minutes, including 26 points in the final frame, the Falcons were able to hold on thanks to 27 second-half points.

Luis Aguiar finished the night with a double-double for Goodwin Tech, scoring a team-high 23 points while pulling down 10 boards. Josh Peeples and Francisco Santiago also ended the game in double-figures with 11 and 10 points repetitively. Tommy Hughes had 12 assists to go along with his six points.

The Gladiators are now 10-5 on the season.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Prince Tech 45, Goodwin Tech 35: It was the tale of two halves for the Gladiators. More specifically, however, it was a tale of even quarters and odd quarters, leaving the team still looking to secure a playoff spot.

Goodwin Tech outscored Prince Tech 19-14 over the final 16 minutes of play, but trailed 31-16 at halftime. The Gladiators managed just five points in the second quarter and zero in the fourth compared to 11 in the first and a game-high 19 in the third. But even with the big third quarter, the damaged had already been done.

Joarielys Martinez had a team-high 12 points for Goodwin Tech and was one of just two players on the team to finish in double-figures. Paola Barbosa was the other as she scored 10 points.

The Gladiators are now 7-11.

Newington 51, Maloney 39: The middle of the game was kind to the Newington girls basketball team as it took control in the second and third quarters against Maloney. Trailing 9-8 after one quarter, the Indians outscored the Spartans 27-14 in the middle quarters and never looked back. Abrial Murray led a balanced attack for Newington as she had a team-high 13 points. Ali Houldcroft (10), Aby Flores (9) and Ashanti Frazier (7) also had notable scoring outputs in the Indians’ 11th win of the season.

BOYS SWIMMING

Platt/Maloney 99, Plainville 79: Although not at full strength, the Blue Devils still managed to contend throughout the afternoon.

“We were short a couple of very strong swimmers today and we had some kids step up and fill those holes nicely,” Plainville head coach Chris Zagorksi said.

Isaiah Bandle once again took first in the 200 and 500 freestyles for the Blue Devils, while Taegan Brochu, Ricky Freitas and Christian Lawrence got personal bests in three events a piece. On the day, Plainville had 26 total best times as a team.

“It was good to see,” Zagorksi said of the best times. “We have some tough meets to end the season that we’re looking forward to to help us in preparation for the postseason.”



Posted in New Britain Herald, General Sports, Goodwin Tech, Newington, Plainville on Tuesday, 7 February 2017 21:52. Updated: Tuesday, 7 February 2017 21:54.