FRIDAY BASKETBALL: Spartans hold off Newington; Southington boys stand 5-0, Lady Knights 5-1

FRIDAY BASKETBALL: Spartans hold off Newington; Southington boys stand 5-0, Lady Knights 5-1

MERIDEN— A defensive struggle gave way to a furious fourth quarter at Benjamin Nessing Gymnasium on Friday, with the Maloney boys basketball team holding off Newington 46-40.

The Spartans had led by as many as nine points with 4½ minutes left before the Indians charged back to as clsoe as three in the closing minute.

Rashawn Wilson finished with a game-high 15 points to lead Maloney. Wilson went 7-for-8 at the foul line.

The Spartans also got nine points from Christian Ellison in improving to 4-2.

Newington, which fell to 1-4 with the CCC crossover loss, was paced by Raheim Lowery’s 11 points.

Newington led 15-14 at the break after outscoring Maloney 5-2 in the second quarter. The Spartans won the third quarter 13-9 to take a 27-24 advantage into the final eight minutes.

Bloomfield 88, Platt 73: The Warhawks outscored the Panthers 22-9 in the second quarter to take control of the CCC interdivisional matchup in Meriden.

Bloomfield evened its record at 3-3 behind Elijah Hargrove’s game-high 27 points. Justin Guthrie added 16 and Anthony Thompson finished with 15.

Platt slipped to 1-5 despite putting five players in double figures. Tre Carter scored a team-high 16 and Elijah Wright was good for 15.

Jher’Quez Slater finished with 13, Brian Acosta had 12 and Anthony Nimani added 10.

Abbott Tech 62, Wilcox Tech 32: The Wolverines held the Indians to two points in the second quarter en route to the CTC victory in Danbury.

Blake Taylor buried six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points to pace Abbott (4-2). Isiah Thomas had a team-high nine points for Wilcox (0-2).

Southington 60, Enfield 40: The Blue Knights stand at 5-0 following the CCC interdivisional victory in Enfield.

Jake Napoli and Jared Kelly continued their torrid start to the season with 16 points apiece. They combined for seven 3-pointers, with Napoli hitting four and Kelly canning three.

Nick Marecki added 14 points for Southington.

Amity 44, Cheshire 40: The visiting Spartans held off a Rams’ rally in the fourth quarter to earn their first win of the season.

The SCC crossover decision put Amity at 1-3 and Cheshire at 1-2.

The Rams, trailing 39-30 at the end of three quarters, closed to within four with 1½ minutes to play.

Ben Wable led Cheshire with 10 points. Cole Feinauer finished with nine. Alec Frione added seven.

Joe Digello’s 19 for Amity were the game high.

Girls basketball

Southington 58, South Windsor 19: The Blue Knights simply suffocated South Windsor in this CCC interdivisional matchup in Southington.

Livvy Pizzitola, Jessica Carr and Allison Carr combined for 16 steals as Southington led 20-5 after one quarter and 34-9 at the half.

Pizzitola led the way on offense with 14 points. Jessica Carr and Madison Hulten added seven apiece.

It was a diverse attack. Eleven different Southington players got in the scoring column.

The Lady Knights improved to 5-1. South Windsor fell to 2-4.

West Haven 49, Cheshire 43: Freshman Amani Abuhatab’s game-high 20 points led the Blue Devils over the Rams in this SCC crossover in West Haven.

Emma Watkinson scored a team-high 14 for Cheshire. Kaylee Clark collected 12.

Cheshire dipped to 2-2 while West Haven jumped to 4-1. 

Bloomfield 48, Platt 30: Ja’lexia West and Wallica Bailey scored 10 points apiece for the Panthers in the CCC crossover loss in Bloomfield.

Platt came home still looking for its first win at 0-5. Bloomfield improved to 4-1 behind Amani Levitan’s game-high 21 points. Alexsia Rose added 15 for the Warhawks.

New Britain 47, Maloney 18: The Spartans dropped to 1-5 with the CCC crossover loss in New Britain.

Mackenzie McCormack and Liv Aitken had six points apiece for Maloney. 

Raven Symone Jarrett (12) and Maya Slisz (10) were in double figures for the Golden Hurricanes (4-3).