NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain and Newington boys basketball teams are two programs heading in opposite directions this season.
Kareem Brown had a game-high 19 points, while Jahfari Newman and Thameen Dupree each contributed nine points to lead the Hurricanes 76-38 rout of the Indians Thursday night.
New Britain has now won seven straight games and swept the season series from Newington.
The Indians, meanwhile, have lost eight of their last nine and will miss the postseason for the first time in 17 seasons. JP DeCastro led Newington with 10 points. Louis Egbuna was the team’s second-leading scorer of the night with eight points.
Although the game was relatively close at the half with New Britain holding a nine-point lead, the Hurricanes took control of the game over the course of the final 16 minutes with the one-sided third quarter being a major reason why.
It certainly helped that the Hurricanes made 35 baskets to the Indians’ 14.
New Britain is now 12-5 on the season, while Newington is 3-14.
Berlin 69, Platt 52: The Redcoats are rolling and don’t appear ready to stop anytime soon.
Lyzi Litwinko scored 21 points along with seven assists, seven rebounds and four steal as Ashley Wenzel added 18 and Angela Perrelli scored 12 points to lead Berlin to its seventh straight win.
Wynter Yovan, meanwhile, pulled down 10 rebounds for the Redcoats.
“We had a great defensive effort in the second half,” Berlin head coach Sheila King said. “I was very pleased to get scoring from eight different players. It was just a great team effort. The team chemistry is at a season high.”
Although the game remained close after the first quarter, the Redcoats began to pull away over the course of the next two to put the game out of reach for the Panthers.
Berlin is now 12-7 on the season.
Windham Tech 44, Goodwin Tech 29: Paola Barbosa did everything she could to help the Gladiators come out with a win on senior night and qualify for the postseason.
Unfortunately, the senior’s 21 points weren’t enough.
Goodwin Tech managed just eight points from two other scorers. Tanija Russel had six, while Kerilad Ocasio added a basket of her own.
The Gladiators started out the game strong and headed into the second quarter with a solid lead. But that’s where the game began to go awry.
Goodwin Tech failed to reach double figures in the three remaining quarters.
Marissa Sirshac 5-9-21 led Windham Tech with 21 points.
The Gladiators, now 7-11, have just one more game left to qualify for the Class S tournament.
Weaver 61, Innovation 13: The Ravens will have to continue to wait to clinch the program’s second postseason berth.
Innovation could neither stop the Beavers’ offense nor find its own.
Weaver jumped out to a 22-point lead after the first quarter and the rout was on. The Beavers’ first-quarter output was more than the Ravens had over the entire night.
Tahjae Young led Weaver with a game-high 21 points, while Terra Fair contributed 18 points of her own.
Innovation managed a mere three points at the conclusion of the first half.
Ariana Rivas’ five points led the way for the Ravens, who are 7-11 on the season.
Middletown 39, Berlin 36: It was a bittersweet senior night for the Redcoats.
On one hand, all three of Berlin’s seniors - Moses Marino (163 pounds), Josh Veleas (173 pounds) and Matt Pampuro (223 pounds) - came out with wins.
Marino and Veleas won by pins, while Pampuro came away with the winning decision.
On the others hand, however, the Redcoats couldn’t quite deliver a victory to close out the regular season.
But it was also a memorable senior night for Pampuro, who had missed the entire season with an illness prior to this match on Thursday.
Other than the three seniors, the other Berlin grapplers to win their matches were Dan Veleas (135), who won via pin and Mike Rivera, who took a decision.
Josh Wood and Cameron Varrichio were the other two victors for the Redcoats, winning their matches by forfeits.
Berlin will now host the CCC Tournament Friday and Saturday.
Southington 44, New Britain 33: The Hurricanes and the Blue Knights found themselves in a highly contested match that ultimately went to Southington.
Winning for New Britain was Isahus Maldonado, Michael Martinez, Elijah Watson, Isiah Medina, Oran Burnett and Juliano Morales.
The Hurricanes finished the season 4-2 in the conference and 19-10 overall.
Wethersfield 69, Newington 12: The Indians struggled in their final dual meet of the regular season.
Newington will now get ready for the state tournament with the CCC Tournament over the weekend.
David Glovach can be reached at (860) 801-5085 or firstname.lastname@example.org