BRISTOL - The Bristol Central boys basketball team passed one test on Monday in the CCC Tournament and now another test awaits.
Behind Donovan Clingan’s triple-double of 39 points, 26 rebounds and 10 blocks, the Rams beat Windsor 73-59, which now sets them up for a meeting with Northwest Catholic - the No. 1 seed - in the conference semifinals on Wednesday.
Clingan scored 21 of his points in the second half, including 15 in the fourth quarter to help Bristol Central hold off a Warriors’ run between the second and third quarters that almost had the Rams squander a once-20-point advantage.
With Bristol Central holding a 23-point lead early in the first half, Windsor went on a 32-10 run that cut the Rams’ lead to one by the middle of the third quarter and just two points by the end of the period.
Clingan helped Bristol Central get back up to a 10-point advantage early in the fourth and the Warriors couldn’t muster must more, never getting closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Plainville 56, Rocky Hill 36: The 20th-seeded Blue Devils cruised to a win over 21st-seeded Rocky Hill in the first round of their CCC Playoff bracket Monday night. Strong defense from Plainville in the second half helped the team pull away behind 19 points from Omarion Miller and 16 from TyShawn Johnson.
The Blue Devils will face the winner of Southington and Manchester in their next game Wednesday.
Avon 71, Berlin 30: The Redcoats issue for most of this season has been finding consistent scoring. That problem showed up once again in its first-round matchup against the Falcons in Bracket No. 2 of the CCC Tournament.
Berlin didn’t have a player reach double-figures in the contest with Sal Dastol leading the way with nine points. Toby Lavender was second on the team with seven points.
Avon, meanwhile, had two players reach the 20-point mark in Jack Hall and Will Soucier, while Tyler Brokenshire added 10 points himself.
The Falcons controlled the game from the beginning, jumping out to a 21-8 lead after the first quarter and a 40-19 advantage at the halftime break.
St. Paul 52, Woodland 49: The Falcons grinded out a win to advance to the NVL Tournament semifinals.
Jamine Leggett led the way for St. Paul with 19 points, while Will Barton finished with 10 points and Erik Suzio had eight.
Wolcott 34, St. Paul 28: The St. Paul girls basketball team’s season came to an abrupt end on Monday.
The Falcons scored just 14 points as a team in the second half, on a night where they struggled to find much consistency, and fell to Wolcott in the second round of the NVL Tournament.
Nadia Reimer, who was named to the All-NVL Team, tied the game-high with 10 points. She was the only scorer for St. Paul to finish in double-figures. Alexis Tierpack and Sam Naples added eight and six points, respectively, for the Falcons, who finished out their season with a 9-5 record and won the league’s Iron Division.
Amanda Sullivan led the Eagles (8-4) with 10 points.
St. Paul managed to outscore Wolcott by the end of the first quarter, but from that point on, the Eagles made sure to put up more points as each period ticked into the next then their opponent.