NEW BRITAIN - The Goodwin Tech boys basketball team knows how difficult postseason games - conference or state - can be.
So when the Gladiators got the chance Monday night to put away Platt Tech in the CTC Tournament quarterfinals they took it.
Francisco Santiago scored a game-high 15 points, while Tommy Hughes added 12 and Josh Peeples scored 11 points as Goodwin Tech beat the Panthers 52-47.
But the scary thing for opponents - the Gladiators believe they play a whole lot better.
“Platt Tech is a very, very good team,” Goodwin Tech head coach Joseph Charles said. “It was a good test for us. It wasn’t our best game, but we did enough to win and when it counted in the fourth quarter, we performed. But I felt we could have played a lot better and we need to moving forward.”
Now 18-3, the Gladiators will play the winner of Wilcox Tech/Whitney Tech in the CTC semifinals on Wednesday.
Newtown 60, Newington 38: The 27th-seeded Indians’ tournament run in the Class LL bracket ended much sooner than they had hoped.
But it was a game that went in No. 6 Newtown’s favor from the beginning and by halftime, the game was already out of reach for Newington.
Ashanti Frazier led the Indians with 10 points, while Nicole Dapra led the Nighthawks with a game-high 19 points, including four 3s.
Newington finishes out its season 9-12, while Newtown (18-3) will face No. 11 Hamden (17-4) in the second round Thursday night.
Stonington 59, Berlin 45: Although a young team, the No. 19 Redcoats had quite the season.
From winning seven straight towards the end of the season to reaching the CCC Tournament semifinals, Berlin showed it had a bright future. But its current season ended with a first-round loss in the Class M state tournament, ending their season with a 12-9 record.
No. 14 Stonington (14-6) will now travel to No. 3 St. Paul (18-3) for a Thursday night matchup.
Weston 60, Plainville 43: It was certainly quite the turnaround season for the 24th-ranked Blue Devils, who were playing in their first state tournament game since 2014.
Unfortunately for Plainville, No. 9 Weston ended its season in the first round of the Class M tournament. The Blue Devils finished out their season 11-10. Weston will play No. 8 Granby (16-5) in the second round.