Platt goes out on winning note

BRISTOL — It’s been a long losing season for the Platt boys basketball team.

But on Wednesday night, the last of the regular season, the Panthers went out with a 40-39 CCC South victory over Bristol Eastern.

It was dramatic, too. Khyre Jackson hit a free throw with 34 seconds left and, from there, Platt’s defense denied Eastern a quality shot.

It was a theme by then. Platt held Eastern to 11 points after halftime and just three in the fourth quarter.

Jackson’s free throw completed a game-long comeback for the Blue and Gold. Platt trailed 11-5 after the first quarter, 28-19 after the second and 36-31 after the third.

Jackson led the Panthers with nine points. Jamal Ellison added eight. Scott Dargan and Dewayne Demace had seven apiece.

Demace also grabbed eight rebounds and Dargan hauled in seven as Platt finished the year 2-18 overall and 2-12 in the CCC South.

Daron McKoy came off the bench to score a game-high 11 points for Bristol Eastern, which lost seven of its last eight to finish 6-14 and 4-10.

Platt 40, Bristol EASTERN 39

AT BRISTOL

PLATT (40)

Khyre Jackson 3 1-3 9, Jamal Ellison 4 0-3 8, Scott Dargan 3 0-0 7, Mike Naser 2 0-0 4, Jordan Williamson 1 0-0 2, Dewayne Demace 3 1-3 7, Xavier Rivera 1 0-0 2, Victor Altiery 0 1-2 1. Totals: 17 3-11 40.

BRISTOL EASTERN (39)

Mike Belton 3 2-2 8, Eric Therrien 3 1-1 7, Darieyn Tate 2 2-6 6, Savion Wade 1 2-4 4, Ernest Wallace 0 0-0 0, Daron McKoy 4 0-0 11, George Taylor 1 0-2 3, Alex Hunter 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 7-14 39.

Platt 05 14 12 09 — 40

Bristol Eastern 11 17 08 03 — 39

3-Point Goals—Platt 3 (Jackson 2, Dargan); BE 4 (McKoy 3, Taylor). Team Records—Platt 2-18, 2-12; BE 6-14, 4-10.

Newington 58, Southington 48: Unlike Platt, Southington’s long losing season did not end in victory. The Blue Knights were outscored 21-12 by the Indians in the fourth quarter in suffering the CCC West defeat in Newington.

The game stood at 37-36 in favor of Newington heading into the final frame. Jared Simmons scored eight of his 16 points for the Indians in that last quarter, most of it coming at the foul line, where he was 6-for-6.

Marcus Guadarrama (17) and Zach Tinkham (15) also scored in double figures as the Indians (8-12, 5-9 West) wrapped up a CIAC tournament berth on the final night of the regular season.

Southington (1-19, 0-14 West) got a game-high 18 points from Pat Freer. Mike Pagano scored 12 for the Blue Knights, all in the second half, before fouling out.

NEWINGTON 58, SOUTHINGTON 48

AT NEWINGTON

southington (48)

Pat Freer 7 2-5 18, Mike Pagano 6 0-0 12, Brett Shaw 2 2-2 6, Stephen Barmore 2 2-2 6, Chris Kelly 1 0-0 2, Kyle Borawski 1 0-0 2, Matt Sorrentino 1 0-0 2, Mike Taylor 0 0-0 0, Alex Queen 0 0-0 0, Dan Normandin 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 6-9 48.

NEWINGTON (38)

Marcus Guadarrama 8 1-4 17, Jared Simmons 3 9-10 16, Zach Tinkham 5 2-4 15, Pablo Ortiz 2 0-0 4, Edwin Gomez 0 3-6 3, Evan Nlach 0 2-2 2, Shawn Meggie 0 1-2 1, Joie Perez 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 18-28 58.

Southington 11 09 16 12 — 48

Newington 10 16 11 21 — 58

3-Point Goals—S 2 (Freer 2); N 4 (Tinkham 3, Simmons). Team Records—S 1-19, 0-14; N 8-12, 5-9.



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