MONDAY BASKETBALL: Trojans finish with a flourish; Cheshire secures SCC first-round home game; Knights nipped at Northwest

MONDAY BASKETBALL: Trojans finish with a flourish; Cheshire secures SCC first-round home game; Knights nipped at Northwest



WALLINGFORD — They’ve known for a week they would not make the boys basketball postseason.

Undaunted, the Lyman Hall Trojans still closed with a flourish.

Playing at home Monday on Senior Night, coach Rob Ruys and his team finished the 2018-19 season with a 68-57 SCC interdivisional victory over Branford.

The win, Lyman Hall’s second straight, gave the Trojans a final record of 7-13.

Cam Regan had a big night in his high school finale, scoring 22 points. Austin Ruiz and Jack Vegliante had 11 apiece. Shakespeare Rodriguez and Jeremiah Nugent both had 10.

LH led wire to wire, building a 15-7 after one quarter and pushing it to 31-20 by halftime.

Cheshire 51, West Haven 38: With the home win over the Blue Devils in their regular-season finale, the Rams secured a home date on Thursday for the opening round of the Southern Connecticut Conference Tournament.

On Monday, after weathering a slow start that saw West Haven jump to a 5-0 lead, Cheshire took control 12-7 before the first quarter was out and led 36-29 heading into the final frame.

Four Rams finished in double figures. Colby Hayes had a team-high 12. Colby Griffin and Ian Battipaglia both bagged 11. Alec Frione factored in with 10.

The victory completed a regular-season sweep for the Rams, who beat the Westies (12-8) 63-55 on Jan. 9 in West Haven.

Both teams were hot coming in, each having won eight of their last 10 games.

Now 13-7, Cheshire is seeded No. 6 for the SCC tourney. The Rams host No. 11 Shelton (11-8) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

The winner advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals in Branford to take on No. 3 Wilbur Cross (13-7) in the 4:15 p.m. game.

Sheehan (12-8) also made the SCC field. The Titans, seeded No. 12, play at No. 5 Hamden (14-6) on Thursday.

The winner of that game faces No. 4 Jonathan Law (15-4) on Saturday in Branford at 12:45 p.m. Notre Dame-West Haven (19-1) and Amity (15-5) are the top two seeds.

Northwest Catholic 52, Southington 51: The Indians had held the Blue Knights to two points in the second quarter and seven in the third to build a 41-25 advantage.

Then came the final eight minutes, when Southington erupted for 26 points only to fall short in this CCC West-Colonial Division finale in West Hartford.

The loss was the second straight for the Blue Knights after an eight-game winning streak. They closed the regular season at 12-8 and next play in the CCC Tournament.

Colin Burdette led Southington with 14 points. Jacob Flynn added 10. Jared Kelly, Adam Hunter and Ryan Gesnaldo had nine apiece.


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