MONDAY SCHOLASTICS: Cheshire swimmers rebound, while icemen fall in OT: Platt cagers let 10-point leads melt away; Dubuc breaks Sheehan marks

MONDAY SCHOLASTICS: Cheshire swimmers rebound, while icemen fall in OT: Platt cagers let 10-point leads melt away; Dubuc breaks Sheehan marks

NEW HAVEN — The Cheshire boys swim team didn’t have to dwell long on its loss Saturday at Greenwich.

The Rams bounced back Monday with a 99-81 SCC Division I victory over Notre Dame-West Haven at Albertus Magnus College to improve to 6-1 and celebrate coach Kevin Reeder’s birthday in proper style.

Noah Duncan won diving with a score of 236.40 and Hadyen Curello earned his first individual victory with a time of 59.30 in the 100-yard butterfly to lead the way for Big Red.

Cheshire also got a sweep of the distance freestyles from Anmol Sapru, who touched in 1:56.25 in the 200 and 5:14.32 in the 500.

Wesley Johnson brought home the 200 IM in 2:14.75 and teamed with Ed Chen, Justin Finkel and Nick Brunetti to capture the 200 medley relay (1:46.26).

Finkel went on to win the 50 free (23.20), while Chen captured the 100 backstroke (58.26). Finkel also had a fast time of 1:05.92 in the 100 breaststroke, but was swimming on exhibition.

Silas Wang’s victory counted in the points. The freshman took the 100 freestyle in 54 seconds flat.

Boys basketball

Northwestern 54, Platt 52: The Panthers let a 10-point halftime lead slip away in suffering in the non-conference loss in Winsted.

The Panthers were up 52-51 in the final minute before Northwestern’s Brandon North connected on the winning 3-pointer with 35 seconds to play.

Freshman Anthony Nimani scored a game-high 23 points for Platt (1-9). Enrique Quintana hit for double figures with 11 points. Elijah Wright had nine.

Northwestern, of the Berkshire League, got 17 points from Levi Delaney and 15 from Trent Valliere in improving to 3-7.

Girls basketball

Bristol Central 34, Platt 32: Like the boys team, the Lady Panthers squandered a 10-point halftime leading in falling to the Rams in a CCC South crossover in Meriden.

Thin ranks haunted the home team. Between illness and injury, Platt was missing seven regulars.

Wallica Bailey and Ja’lexia West did play for Platt and led the Panthers with 14 and nine points, respectively.

Hayley Crespo added five points for Platt (1-9).

Bristol Central (4-7) got a game-high 17 points from freshman Sophie Torreso.

Ice hockey

South Windsor 3, Cheshire 2 (OT): Will Bonazelli’s strike with just six seconds left in overtime gave the Bobcats the non-conference Division II victory over the Rams at South Windsor Arena.

Cheshire twice let one-goal leads get away in this one. Joey Deko’s first-period goal from Hunter Olson was answered by South Windsor’s Sean O’Connor on the power play in the second period.

Aiden Gaudet put the Rams back on top 2-1 with an unassisted score with 5:38 to play in regulation. O’Connor scored his second of the game just over two minutes later to force OT.

Cheshire out-shot South Windsor 44-29. Nick Maringola had 26 saves.

The loss snapped a three-game winnng streak for the Rams, who were coming off a Division I victory over West Haven. Cheshire is now 7-4.

South Windsor improved to 2-5.

Indoor track

Sheehan: Amanda Castaldi won the 55-meter hurdles and Olivia Dubuc broke two school records at the SCC Coaches Invitational at the New Haven Athletic Center.

Castaldi won her race in 9.35 seconds, while Dubuc ran a 43.49 in the 300 meters and a 1:38.75 in the 600. (Dubuc placed second in the 300 and third in the 600.)

The Lady Titans, who placed third out of 36 teams, also got a pair of fifth-place performances from Erin Brennan, who cleared 8-6 in the pole vault and 15-11 in the long jump.

The 4x200 relay team of Clarisse Aminawung, Ali Villano, Patrice Mansfield and Avery Winters was third in 1:52.29.