The state tournament road was a short one for the Maloney and Platt boys basketball teams, who both dropped CIAC first-round decisions away from home on Tuesday night.
Maloney, a No. 17 seed, fell to No. 16 Shelton 71-58 in Division III. Platt, a No. 20, let the lead get away against No. 13 Griswold in a 71-62 Division IV defeat.
Both the Spartans and Panthers finished the year at 10-12 overall.
Platt had a good chance to advance to the second round. After out-scoring Griswold 22-13 in the third quarter to snap a 32-32 halftime tie, the Panthers took a 54-45 lead into the final frame.
There, Griswold gained the upper hand by owning the final eight minutes 26-8.
That puts the Wolverines (14-7) in Wednesday’s second-round against No. 4 New Canaan (16-4).
Tre Carter led Platt with 18 points. Malcolm Andrews put up 15 and Roemello Leary had 13.
Meanwhile, in Shelton, Peri Basimakopoulos canned six 3-pointers in the first half as the Gaels opened up a 44-23 advantage on Maloney by the break.
Basimakopoulos finished with a game-high 27 points. Shelton 1,000-point scorer Brian Berritto netted 22.
Maloney did make a run in the second half and got as close as 64-53 with 3:37 remaining.
Anthony Forbes had a team-high 12 points for the Spartans. Rashawn Wilson (11 points) and Jeremiah Williams (10) also reached double figures.
Vincent Martinez, Divine Ransom and Garrison Kunst added seven points apiece for Maloney.
Shelton advances to play No. 1 Wamogo in Thursday’s second round. Maloney will host the second-round Division III game between No. 4 Wilcox Tech and No. 13 West Haven at 6 p.m.
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