SATURDAY BOYS BASKETBALL: It’s grand, baby, grand! Tribe’s Ransom joins the 2,000-point club; Platt & Maloney both suffer third straight setbacks ahead of Tuesday clash

SATURDAY BOYS BASKETBALL: It’s grand, baby, grand! Tribe’s Ransom joins the 2,000-point club; Platt & Maloney both suffer third straight setbacks ahead of Tuesday clash



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EAST HAMPTON — Dejuan Ransom just scripted his own version of “48 Hours.”

Two days after becoming Meriden’s top basketball scorer of all-time, the Wilcox Tech senior became the first technical school player in Connecticut history to go over 2,000 points for his career.

Ransom did it in the second quarter of Saturday’s 78-52 non-conference win over East Hampton.

Funnily enough, for a player who is lethal from the floor, especially when slashing to the hoop, Ransom reached the milestone standing relatively still. 

“He scored a basket and got fouled,” reported Wilcox coach Randy Farkas. “I was like, ‘Perfect, he will get it on the free throw,’ and he missed. Next play down he was fouled and made the first free throw to hit 2,000.”

Farkas and the Indians called a timeout to mark the occasion. Then they went about the business of winning their seventh straight game to improve to 14-4 overall. 

With that record, Wilcox ranks No. 2 in the Connecticut Technical Conference and No. 3 in the CIAC Division III playoff points. Those two tournaments ensure Ransom will continue his climb up the scoring ladder well after the Tribe’s two remaining regular-season games at home next week — Tuesday against North Haven and Thursday against Wolcott Tech.

Ransom finished with 30 points on Saturday. John Soto had 21 and Derek Strillacci delivered nine.

Ransom now has 543 points on the season — within 106 of his single-season city record of 649 — and 2,019 for his career. He is the 24th boys basketball player in Connecticut history to go over 2,000 points, but the first one from a tech school.

Walt Luckett of Kolbe Cathedral holds the state boys scoring record at 2,691. The highest boys scorer of all-time in the Record-Journal coverage area is Cheshire’s Matt Curtis, who is No. 7 on the state list at 2,263.

Middletown 77, Maloney 61: A 30-point second quarter swung this CCC South-Colonial Division matchup in Middletown to the host Blue Dragons, who extended their late-season hot streak to four straight at the expense of the suddenly slumping Spartans. Donte Pope scored a game-high 20 points to pace Middletown (7-12). Tejan Lanser added 18. As a team, the Blue Dragons were lethal from long range. They connected 12 times from beyond the arc. Vincent Martinez had a team-high 19 points for the Spartans. He also hit for four of Maloney’s six 3-pointers. Divine Ransom was good for 14 points. The loss was the third straight for the Spartans after a four-game winning streak. They take a 9-10 record into Tuesday’s regular season finale at home against Platt.

Berlin 66, Platt 62: The Panthers are also scuffling going into Tuesday’s finale with Maloney. With Saturday night’s CCC South-Colonial Division loss in Berlin, Platt dropped its third straight and seventh of its last nine to fall to 10-9. Berlin avenged a 77-72 loss to Platt in Meriden on Jan. 4 and improved to 12-6. The rematch was filled with see-saw swings. The Redcoats got out to a 23-14 lead in the first quarter only to fall behind 33-31 by the break as Platt held them to eight second-quarter points. Berlin regrouped, took the third quarter 18-11 and rebuilt a 49-44 advantage heading into the final frame. Tre Carter led Platt for a second straight night with 25 points. (He had 19 in Friday’s 65-57 loss in Avon.) Roemello Leary added 15 points for the Panthers.

 


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