NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain boys basketball team’s playoff hopes remain alive.
A big second quarter and success at the free throw line helped the Hurricanes earn a much-needed win Tuesday night over E.O. Smith 62-56.
Jordan Williams scored a team-high 22 points for New Britain, while teammates Maurice Turner and Jahfari Newman added 20 and 16 respectively.
Down 18-10 after the first eight minutes of play, the Hurricanes outscored the Panthers by 14 in the second to take a six point lead into the half. The second half was evenly played as each team scored 28 points.
With the win New Britain is now one win away from qualifying for the playoffs with two games left after starting the season 1-9.
Goodwin Tech 68, Vinal Tech 50: The Goodwin Tech boys basketball team picked up its 11th win of the season with a rout of Vinal Tech. The Gladiators outscored the Hawks 21-7 in the first quarter and from there it was smooth sailing. Josh Peeples led the way for Goodwin tech as he had a game-high 24 points. Francisco Santiago added 17 points and Tommy Hughes added 10.
Southington 65, Northwest Catholic 32: The Southington girls basketball team qualified for the CCC tournament with its blowout win over Northwest Catholic on Tuesday night. The Blue Knights held the Lions to single-digit scoring in every quarter en route to their 12th win of the season. It was a balanced scoring effort for Southington but Hartlee Meier led the way with her 15 point output. Following behind Meier was Maggie Meehan (13) and Brianna Harris (11).
Middletown 92, Plainville 81: The Plainville boys swimming team held its senior night on Tuesday and lost to Middletown but still had a good night. The Blue Devils recorded 25 best times in the loss. Josh Donaghy was among the standouts for Plainville as he qualified for states in the 100 freestyle. This was the final meet of the season for the Blue Devils and they now have two and a half weeks to prepare for the conference meet.