HARTFORD - Innovation boys basketball head coach Matt Lance wasnâ€™t always thrilled with the way the Ravens executed during Mondayâ€™s game against Classical Magnet, but he was more than pleased with the way his players responded when they needed to.
At one point, Innovation squandered a 12-point lead and fell behind in overtime, but managed to pull out a 57-54 win thanks to some timely shots from Michael Blackman and key defensive plays to move to 4-0 on the season.
â€śI was really proud of how they stepped up in key moments,â€ť Lance said.
Blackman finished with 19 points, second for the Ravens behind Gabe Matiasâ€™ 26 points.
They were the only two Innovation players to finish in double-figures and the Ravens needed every bit of it to keep pace with Classicalâ€™s Matt Rivera, who scored a game-high 39 points.
â€śI thought there were some times [Rivera] outworked us and there were some times where we played good defense that wonâ€™t necessarily show up in the boxscore,â€ť Lance said.
Innovation controlled the game for much of the night, leading 25-18 at the half and six at the end of the third quarter. But Classical made a push in the fourth, outscoring the Ravens by 11 over the final eight minutes, which included hitting a game-tying shot on an inbound pass late.
Still, Innovation managed to pull off the win in the end.
â€śWe showed a way to go out and grind out a win,â€ť Lance said.
Newington 83, Bulkeley/SMSA 24: Newington finished with 25 steals as a team in this blowout in which 13 different players were able to score while only allowing four opposing players to do so.
Junior Lilly Ferguson led the way with 16 points, four assists and seven steals and was one of three players to reach double-figure scoring on her team. Senior Madison Romanello filled the stat sheet in this game with 13 points, eight rebounds and six steals, and sophomore Brianna Gradarowski contributed 10 points.
Newington was already leading by 24 points by end of the first quarter and the game was essentially over as the lead reached 44 by halftime. Newington improves to 5-0 on the season.
Classical Magnet 45, Innovation 18: The Ravens offense had very little going in this Monday-afternoon loss. Entering halftime with just six points after getting shutout in the second quarter, they were no match for the Gladiators.
Teâ€™ijah Roberts was Innovationâ€™s leading scorer with eight points and Patrice Broughton finished with four points to go along with 14 rebounds. Roberts was the only player with more than four points.
All of Classical Magnetâ€™s points game from three players, Sequoia Turcotte-Biggs led the way with 18, Jasmine Charlery posted 15 and Reilly Fournier finished with 12.
The Ravens will look to pick up their first win of the season on the road Wednesday against Capital Prep.
Innovation 57, Classical Magnet 54 (OT)
Innovation 10 15 12 10 9 - 57
Classical 12 6 11 21 6 - 54
Innovation: Micheal Blackman 7-5-19, Khalil Largent 2-0-5, Tyvonn Thompson 1-0-3, Gabe Matias 10-2-26, Timothy Fraylon 1-0-2, Amari Cruz 1-2-4. Totals: 21-9-57.
Classical: Matt Rivera 12-11-39, Josiah Perez 3-0-6, Rick Oâ€™Neal 1-0-2, Na'Zier Williams, 1-0-2, Isaiah WaringÂ 3-0-6. Totals: 19-11-54.
Three-point Goals: Matias (I) 4, Larget (I), Thompson (I) .
Record: Innovation 4-0, Classical 3-2.
Classical Magnet 45, Innovation 16
Classical Magnet 10 6 14 15 - 45
InnovationÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 6 0Â Â 4Â Â 6 - 16
Classical Magnet: Reilly Fournier 6-0-12, Sequoia Turcotte-Biggs 7-3-18, Jasmine Charlery 7-1-15. Totals: 20-4-45.
Innovation: Ariana Rivas 1-0-2, Teâ€™ijah Roberts 3-2-8, Patrice Broughton 2-0-4, Izzy Chaparro 1-0-2. Totals: 7-2-16.
Three-point goals: Turcotte-Biggs (CM).
Records: Classical Magnet 1-2, Innovation 0-2.