PLAINVILLE — The Platt boys basketball win streak was in jeopardy Monday night, but sophomore Makhai Anderson and junior Anthony Nimani would not let it end.
Down 37-30 to Plainville heading into the fourth quarter, the Panthers scored the first nine points of the frame to shoot ahead, then went back and forth with the Blue Devils before putting it away, 52-44, with a closing run of 11-1.
The Panthers sealed the CCC South deal with back-to-back fast break dunks from Nimani and Anderson, ending all hopes for a Plainville upset victory and extending Platt’s win streak to six.
“That really put some excitement into both of us, and it was a great moment to end the game like that,” said Nimani.
Anderson had a monster game and was a bull down low, recording 24 points and 16 rebounds.
Nimani had an all-around great game tallying 19 points, five rebounds, five steals and three assists.
“I feel like I could have played better, as a team we could have also played better, and I’m not satisfied yet with myself,” said Anderson.
With the victory, the Panthers improved to 8-3 and are off to their best start through 11 games since the 2015-2016 season, when they started off 9-2.
“I think if we keep our head and composure, there really is no ceiling when you have players like Anthony and Makhai,” said coach Shawon Moncrief. “The sky is the limit for those guys and where they take us.”
On Monday, Platt was contested by Plainville from the opening tip. The Blue Devils held the Panthers to just seven first-quarter points and led 10-7.
Platt came out in the second quarter with more press defense and slowed Plainville down. Anderson came alive in the second quarter, scoring nine of Platt’s 13 points while grabbing seven rebounds.
Platt led 20-18 at halftime.
The third quarter, like much of the game, was very back and forth with five lead changes. The biggest moment came when Plainville freshman Brady Wieczorek hit an and-one 3-pointer to put the Blue Devils up 34-30.
Plainville scored the last three points of the quarter and headed to the fourth quarter with that seven-point lead.
The fourth quarter also saw five lead changes, Platt scored the first nine points and re-took the lead, 39-37.
Nimani came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring nine points while playing hard defense. Plainville junior Brennan Staubley hit a three halfway through the quarter to put the Blue Devils up 43-42 with 3:15 left.
That would be Plainville’s last lead of the game. Platt finished strong, closing out on a 11-1 run.
Staubley finished with a game-high 13 points for the Blue Devils while knocking down a pair of 3’s. Sophomore Joe Vasques added 12 points, including seven in the third quarter.
Next up for Platt are two straight games in Bristol — Thursday against Bristol Eastern and then Monday against Donovan Clingan and unbeaten Bristol Central.
Moncrief’s approach is one game at a time.
“We’re going to prepare for Bristol Eastern first; we can't take them lightly,” the Platt coach said. “After we get past them, we’ll prepare for the big fella in Bristol Central. They’re number one for a reason, but we’re going to stick to our game plan and see where it takes us.”