HARTFORD - For 13 seasons Kurt Reis patrolled the sidelines for the Hartford Public boys basketball program.
So on Tuesday night, his new team, New Britain, made sure the head coach would leave his old gym with a win.
Behind a dominant second half, the Hurricanes beat the Owls 65-58 to move to 2-0 on the season.
“It was a weird feeling,” Reis said of being back in his old gym. “You don’t have too many games like that.”
But it almost didn’t hurt out that way.
Down 31-19 at the half, New Britain scored 24 points in the third quarter and 22 in the fourth. Hartford Public, meanwhile, scored a combined 27 points from the start of the third on.
“We may layups and free throws as well as played defense,” Reis said. “That was the difference between the two halves.”
Tahmeen Dupree scored a game-high 13 points for the Hurricanes, while Nyzaiah Diaz contributed 12 points off the bench.
Isaiah Jenkins (10 points) and Karheem Brown (12 points) also finished in double figures for New Britain.
Bristol Eastern 52, Berlin 49: The Redcoats tried to stage a fourth-quarter comeback, but the Lancers proved too much to overcome.
Down nine points heading into the final frame, Berlin mananged to outscore Bristol Eastern over the final eight minutes 18-12, making it the first time since the start of the game, the Redcoats had outscored the Lancers in a quarter.
It was just a tough to make up for a difficult third in which Berlin only managed six points after being tied at the half 25-25.
Mike McCarthy led the Redcoats with 19 points including 3 3-pointers. Carter Ezidzic scored a team-high 19 points for Bristol Eastern.
Goodwin Tech 53, New Fairfield 38: The Gladiators picked up their first win of the season behind a strong second-half performance.
Leading just 21-18 at the break, Goodwin Tech outscored New Fairfield 32-20 over the final two quarters of play (13-8 in the third and 19-12 in the fourth).
Josh Peeples scored a game-high 17 points for the Gladiators. Xavier Caregena and Luis Aguiar joined Peeples in double figures with 11 and 13 points respectively. Aguiar also finished with 12 rebounds for a double-double.
Seas Jamieson was the top scorer for New Fairfield with 12 points.
Amistad 58, Innovation 39: The Ravens were unable to make up for a slow first quarter as they lost their season opener to Amistad.
Innovation scored only three points in the first eight minutes of play compared to Amistad’s 18. The Ravens were then outscored 40-36 the rest of the way.
Leonard Okonya scored a team-high nine points for Innovation, while Arthur Edwards finished with a game-high 17 for Amistad.
New Britain 48, Hartford Public 31: The Hurricanes used a strong fourth quarter to earn their second win of the season.
New Britain scored 14 points over the final eight minutes to put the Owls away.
Emani James scored a game-high 11 points and ended her night with a double-double after pulling down 14 boards
Hall 91, Berlin 78: It was a tough season opener for the Berlin boys swim and dive team Tuesday afternoon
The Redcoats had top swims from Conner Recck who placed first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.70, qualifying for the Class M state trials meet. Recck also qualified in the 100 breastroke with a time of 1:04.83.
Zack Nieslen took first in one meter diving with a score of 143.00.
A top highlight from Tuesday’s night was the debut of sophomore Vinnie Carbonelle.
“Carbonelle swam in the 500 free for the first time ever today,” Berlin head coach Dan Thurston said. “He’s fairly new he usually swims the 50 or the 100, he wasn’t sure if he was going to be able to do it or not, so we wanted to see. He took it like a champ and he showed some grit.”