Sports roundup: Innovation boys basketball moves on to CRAL semifinals

Published on Tuesday, 23 March 2021 21:26
Written by MATT HORNICK

@MNHornick

The Bristol Eastern boys basketball team defeated South Windsor 62-53 in the opening round of the CCC Basketball Tournament, Bracket No. 4. Eastern is now 3-8, while South Windsor is 2-11 and the Lancers will move on to play against Hartford Public on Thursday in Hartford.

Senior Josh Kolano led the Lancers’ offensive attack with 25 points in the contest while Elijah Parent also had a strong shooting night and finished with 19.

Eastern opened the game by shooting 7 for 12 in the opening period, and going ahead of South Windsor by the score of 18-9 with two three-pointers by Josh Kolano and one each from Elijah Parent and Jack Stavens highlighting the run. The score at the half was 24-17 with Eastern's only points in the second quarter coming from two additional three's by Kolano.

The third quarter saw Eastern outscore South Windsor by margin of 29-18, as the long range attack continued. Parent had four more threes and 14 points in the period while Kolano scored 10 in the period including two triples and the Lancers led 53-35 with one period to play.

Innovation 78, Civic Leadership 40: Khalil Largent’s 23-point, 10-rebound double-double has the Ravens one game away from the CRAL championship game following Tuesday’s win the conference quarterfinals.

Second-seeded Innovation will face third-seeded Classical Magnet on Thursday in the CRAL semifinals and will look to continue to play strong defense, which was anchored in this game by Largent’s five steals. Amari Cruz added two steals in addition to his 13 points and five rebounds while Christian Hernandez drilled three long-range shots for a season-high nine points.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

RHAM 52, New Britain 38: A 13-3 run in the third quarter was the kiss of death for the Hurricanes who fell to RHAM in their first CCC playoff game.

Maya Slisz was New Britain’s high scorer with 12 points and Kaylee Cahill added 11. Layla Mejia and Adrianna Faienza had strong days rebounding as Mejia grabbed eight to go along with her seven points and Faienza finished the game with six points and seven rebounds.

The Hurricanes trailed by five points at halftime, but Sarah West and Ailish Kleinhen were too much to stop offensively.

Windham Tech 44, Goodwin Tech 36: The Gladiators fell short in the CTC Charter Oak Division final following slow start to Tuesday’s contest.

Trailing by seven after the first quarter, Goodwin Tech was only outscored by one point over the remaining three quarters as Megan Lukaszweski led all scorers with 16 points and three three-pointers. Windham Tech’s scoring attack was more well rounded as it had three players with at least nine points, led by Alyssa Czymr’s 12.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Goodwin Tech, Innovation, New Britain on Tuesday, 23 March 2021 21:26. Updated: Tuesday, 23 March 2021 21:28.