NEW BRITAIN - Matt Lance thought his team came out a little slow on the defensive end in the first half.
The final 16 minutes were much different.
The Innovation boys basketball team held Parish Hill to a combined 14 points over the final two quarters as the Ravens cruised to an easy 75-34 win at home Monday night, qualifying for the win in the process.
“At the start of the third quarter and into the fourth, we had to make some adjustments in our defensive mindset,” said Lance, Innovation’s head coach. “I thought we did a nice job of responding. We always say our defense is what generates our offense.”
And there was plenty of offense, including a 28-point fourth quarter for the victors.
Carlos Gonzalez led the Ravens (8-1) with a game-high 19 points, while Lenny Okonya scored 14. The pair was two of nine players to finish with a basket for Innovation.
Parish Hill, meanwhile, was led by Zach Mihok, who finished with 10 points.
Innovation 75, Parish Hill 34
Parish Hill 9 11 5 9 - 34
Innovation 16 18 13 28 - 75
Parish Hill: Nick Meister 2-2-7, Bert Augmen 2-0-4, Noah Sweat 0-2-2, Zach Mihok 4-1-10, Cyrus Sprague 3-0-6, Kyler Zaimoff 1-1-3, Cam Zaimoff 0-2-2. Totals: 12-8-34.
Innovation: Armoni Alonso 2-0-5, Carlos Gonzalez 6-2-19, Lester Emmanuel 3-1-7, Mikey Blackman 1-0-2, LJ Hazelwood 3-2-8, Lenny Okonya 6-0-14, Gabe Matias 3-0-7, Remiesh Bogle 2-2-7, CJ Allen 3-0-6. Totals: 29-7-75.
Records: Innovation 8-1, Parish Hill 4-5.