NEW BRITAIN - Down three points and still in single digits with time winding down in the first quarter, the New Britain boys basketball team needed a spark.
Tahmeen Dupree was the man to deliver it for the Hurricanes, as he knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The shot tied the game going into the second, which sparked a 14-0 run and a 29-point second quarter in New Britain’s 66-48 win over New Milford in the first round of the Division II state tournament Tuesday.
Dupree finished with a game-high 20 points.
The Hurricanes started slow in both halves. In the first half, New Milford got out to a 10-5 lead. In the second, the Green Wave started out on a 10-4 run, led by a pair of 3-pointers from Malik Proctor. In the game Proctor was clutch for New Milford when needed. He finished with a team-high 16 points, 14 coming in the second half.
Still, New Britain found a way to fight back and keep the lead. After taking the lead early in the second quarter the Hurricanes held it for the rest of the game.
Maurice Turner had 11 points for New Britain. Jahfari Newman and Nyzaiah Diaz each finished with eight points.
Going forward New Britain will need to be more consistent but a win to start March out was what the Hurricanes wanted and they delivered.
New Britain will host No. 10 New London on Thursday at 7 p.m.