WINDSOR - It was a wide range of emotions for the Innovation boys basketball on Monday night.
There was plenty of frustration, but it ultimately ended with a mixture of relief and joy. And the Ravens have Dashawn Hill in part to thank.
Trailing by two with time winding down, Hill hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 12 seconds left on the clock on to lift Innovation to a 48-47 win over Aerospace.
“I was really proud of Dashawn,” Ravens head coach Matt Lance said. “He’ll tell you he played OK defensively and he struggled a little bit tonight. I got on him a little bit. But instead of hanging his head, he battled and he got a great pass from Gabe [Matias], who normally would take that shot for us. But he made one more pass and Dashawn hit a great shot.”
Hill finished eight points, while LJ Hazelwood scored a game-high 15 to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Clinton Allen pulled down 13 rebounds for Innovation in addition to scoring six points.
But after a strong start, the Ravens (15-2) soon found themselves playing catch up. Aerospace took a 28-27 lead at the break and increased its advantage to as much as 14 by the middle of the third quarter.
That’s when things began to click for Innovation, which closed out the game with a 14-4 fourth quarter.
“By no means was this a pretty game,” Lance said. “By no means was this a complete game. When we got down 14, we had a very clear choice to make, if we were going to let them continue run all over us or play better. We responded and we started hitting some shots and we continued to pull ourselves out of a hole.”
It might not have been the Ravens’ most efficient outing, but Lance liked the way his players responded.
“I told the guys I don’t know the last time we’ve faced adversity as a program over the last two seasons really,” Lance said. “But I liked how they were able to rise to the challenge. That’s only going to benefit us in the state tournament.”
Jon Jacobs led Aerospace (10-5) with 15 points.
Goodwin Tech 84, Vinal Tech 54: It was a game that was all but over by the end of the first half.
The Gladiators (9-6) jumped out to a 22-9 lead after the first quarter and increased it to 43-17 at the break.
Xavier Cartagena scored a game-high 25 points, including three 3-pointers, for Goodwin Tech, while Luis Aguiar contributed 14 and Damien Garcia finished with 10. In all, 11 different scorers recorded at least two points for the Gladiators.
“It was a total team effort tonight,” Goodwin Tech head coach Reuben Charles said.
Southington 66, Farmington 56: The Blue Knights officially punched their ticket to the state tournament.
Jake Napoli scored a team-high 20 points and Jared Kelly dropped 16 to help Southington pick up win No. 8 on the season.
After a close first quarter that saw the Indians come out with an 18-14 advantage, the Blue Knights took control in the second. Southington held Farmington to just six points, while scoring 18 itself to lead 33-24 at the break.
Grayson Herr led all scorers with 26 points for the Indians (10-5).
Windsor 41, New Britain 33: Hurricanes head coach Marc Wesoly perhaps put it best: “We couldn’t buy a bucket when we needed to.”
New Britain (10-8) started the game sluggish, trailing 9-4 after the first quarter and 23-13 at the half. The Hurricanes battled back to cut their deficit to five in the final minute of the game.
“We played well defensively,” Wesoly said. “But we were just kind of throwing the ball in the ocean. We just couldn’t hold on to the final possession.”
Newington 53, Hartford Public 30: The Indians were able to shake off a lackluster start and cruise to an easy win.
Ashanti Frazier scored a season-high 25 points for Newington, while Alexie Armour scored six points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Karissa Zocco scored all nine of her points in the first half with three 3-pointers.
Victoria Reyes led Hartford Public with 7 points.
Aerospace 41, Innovation 34: The Ravens (6-12) struggled through three quarters, before putting together a 14-point fourth. But by then it was a little too late.
“The big thing for us is instead of playing four quarters, we’ve only been playing three,” Innovation head coach Michael Jessie said. “There’s only one quarter that we didn’t struggle in. We aren’t playing four complete quarters and that’s what’s hurting us.”
Chelsea Wray-Brown scored a team-high 19 points, the only Ravens player to finish in double figures. Breanna Santana pulled down 12 rebounds to go along with her six points for Innovation.
Ashanti McLean finished with a game-high 20 points for Aerospace (11-6).
Innovation 48, Aerospace 47
Innovation 13 14 7 14 - 48
Aerospace 9 19 16 4 - 47
Innovation: Luther Nowlin 1-0-3, LJ Hazelwood 6-2-15, Marvin Owusu 2-2-6, Gabe Matias 2-1-6, Timothy Fraylon 2-0-4, Clinton Allen 3-0-6, Dashawn Hill 3-1-8. Totals: 19-6-48.
Aerospace: Jordan Thomas 2-1-5, TJ Murray 1-1-3, Rayquanne Bogle 2-1-5, Justin Smith 4-2-10, Jon Jacobs 6-1-15, Dontay Batchelor 1-1-3, Vaughan Peverly 3-0-6. 19-6-47
3-Point Goals: Nowlin (I), Hazelwood (I), Mathias (I), Hill (I).
Records: Innovation 15-2, Aerospace 10-5.
Goodwin Tech 84, Vinal Tech 54
At Vinal Tech
Goodwin Tech 22 21 16 25 - 84
Vinal Tech 9 8 17 20 - 54
Goodwin Tech: Joe Santiago 2-0-4, Damien Garcia 5-0-10, Xavier Cartagena 9-4-25, Luis Aguiar 7-0-14, Everton Russell 3-0-6, Nelson Guzman 1-0-2, Jaden King 1-0-2, Brandon Martinez 3-0-6, Edmond Cani 2-0-4, Jesse Tandoh 2-0-4, Nef Murray 2-3-7. Totals: 38-7-84
Vinal Tech: Jyqwam Fountain 12-3-31, Faizon Alston 1-1-4, Luke Gagnon 3-0-8, Nate Figueroa 0-2-2, Kiejuan Haugabook 1-0-3, Joseph Koontz 3-0-6. Totals: 20-5-54.
3-Point Goals: Cartagena (GT) 3, Fountain (VT) 4, Alston (VT), Gagnon (VT) 2, Haugabook (VT).
Record: Goodwin Tech 9-6.
Windsor 41, New Britain 33
New Britain 4 9 8 12 - 33
Windsor 9 14 8 9 - 41
New Britain: Saniya Pellegrini 0-1-1, Asia Gaines 1-1-4, Maya Slisz 6-2-17, Raven–Symone Jarrett 1-0-2, Natalyl Hernandez 1-2-4, Tianna Sweeney 1-3-5. Totals: 10-9-33.
Windsor: Savanna Yelling 0-5-5, Rebecca Fraley 4-3-11, Raeann Reid 0-1-1, Janet Woodard 2-1-5, Azure Riley 6-1-14, Rachel Cleveland 0-2-2. Totals: 13-13-41.
Records: New Britain 10-8, Windsor 10-5.
Aerospace 41, Innovation 34
Aerospace 6 12 17 6 - 41
Innovation 7 9 4 14 - 34
Aerospace: Sabrina Porter 0-2-2, Ashley Rinaldi 2-1-5, Faith Mitchell 1-0-2, Ashanti McLean 7-5-20, Julia McLean 4-0-8, Vanessa Weir 2-0-4. Totals: 16-8-41.
Innovation: Chelsea Wray-Brown 9-0-19, Te’ijaha Roberts 3-1-7, Breanna Santana 2-2-6, Annalyees Hill 1-0-3, Ariana Rivas 0-0-0. Totals: 15-3-34.
3-Point Goals: Wary-Brown (I), McLean (A).
Records: Innovation 6-12, Aerospace 11-6.