NEW BRITAIN - It turns out, third time’s the charm for the New Britain boys basketball team.
After the two previous meetings with New London did not end in the Hurricanes’ favor this season, New Britain won the most important matchup Friday night.
Tahmeen Dupree scored 25 points to help lead the Hurricanes to finally claim its long awaited win over the Whalers, 53-47.
New Britain struggled offensively throughout the first 26 minutes of the game, but with six minutes remaining, Jahfari Newman sparked a 8-0 run, bringing the Hurricanes to within five (45-40).
Dupree later hit a pair of foul shots, closing the gap to two, 45-43 New London, only to follow it up with an easy layup while drawing the foul in the process.
Dupree’s free throw gave New Britain its first lead of the game.
The sophomore guard was sent to the line again, hitting both baskets, giving the Hurricanes some insurance with the score now 51-47 in their favor.
New London had also opened up the third quarter with a 9-1 run, seven points being from Elijah Martinez. Dupree was able to add 10 points to New Britain’s score throughout the length of the quarter.
It was a much different story for New Britain early on.
The Hurricanes only scored two points, which came off of foul shots with three minutes remaining in the first quarter. And as the quarter would continue, so would the Whalers shooting.
New London went on a 6-2 run to close out the quarter. The Whalers’ Elijah Martinez and Giovanni Lopez both hit vital 3s to increase their lead, helping New London keep a consistent 10-point lead going into the break.
New Britain finished out its first half by adding 10 more points to its score.
New Britain will now travel to Danbury to play second-seeded Immaculate.
Shelby Iava can be reached at (860) 801-5096 or firstname.lastname@example.org