New Britain, Berlin boys basketball seek tourney berths in week ahead

Published on Sunday, 19 February 2017 22:01
Written by DAVID GLOVACH

STAFF WRITER

Playoff time is practically here.

As the wrestling and girls basketball regular seasons have drawn to a close, boys basketball winds down this week before the teams that are eligible compete in the CCC Tournament.

Once again, the focus will be on New Britain and Berlin. For the Hurricanes and Redcoats, it has become a matter of win and you’re in, with each team having a good chance of doing so.

New Britain currently sits at 7-12 and will play its regular season finale tonight against Hartford Public (8-9). After entering last week at 6-11, the Hurricanes split their two games, setting themselves up for a dramatic finish. They currently sit on the very cusp of the outside looking in.

It was not long ago that New Britain sat at 1-9 with its season looking like it was over. But after winning six of its last nine games, it has been quite the second half of the year.

Berlin, on the other hand, will have two opportunities to get secure its own playoff berth. At 7-11, the Redcoats will take on Plainville on Tuesday, the game most likely when they will earn that eighth win.

The Blue Devils have yet to win a game this season and are 0-19. Berlin won the previous meeting easily, 63-41, a little over a month ago.

The Redcoats will then host Bristol Eastern (5-13) on Thursday, which should they lose to Plainville, could serve as the eighth-win game or improve their playoff standing.

Southington (9-10) will close out its regular season tonight at Amity (13-6), while Newington (13-6) does so on Tuesday at Wethersfield (12-7). These games will offer a chance to improve standings in their respective tournaments and work out any last-minute kinks.

For the girls basketball teams that qualified for the postseason - New Britain, Berlin, Southington, Newington and Goodwin Tech - they will learn their official playoff seeding and first-round opponent in their respective tournaments on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, on the wrestling mat, local wrestlers that qualified after the weekend’s state tournaments will move on to the State Open set to take place on Friday and Saturday down at New Haven’s Floyd Little Athletic Center.

Each local team will have at least one participant after a solid showing at the state tournaments with quite a few of the grapplers expected to place well.

Boys swimming will also wrap up its regular season this week.

Southington will take on Northwest Catholic and Newington will play host to East Catholic on Tuesday.

Ice hockey though, will continue through the beginning of next week with each of the three local teams taking part in two games this week with Wethersfield-Manchester-Rocky Hill-Plainville getting this started tonight when it travels to the Enfield Twin Rinks to take on Enfield-E. Granby-Stafford.

Hall-Southington will host E.O. Smith-Tolland on Tuesday and Newington-Berlin will take on E.O. Smith-Tolland at the UConn Hockey Arena on Wednesday. Each team will then play on Saturday as well.

Southington gymnastics will take part in its state meet on Saturday with its opponent set to be announced on Wednesday.

David Glovach can be reached at or On Twitter: @DavidGlovach



Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General Sports, Goodwin Tech, Innovation, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Southington on Sunday, 19 February 2017 22:01. Updated: Sunday, 19 February 2017 22:04.