FRIDAY SCHOLASTICS: Balanced Panthers post 7th straight; SHA-LH a 22-point affair second time around

BRISTOL — All five starters finished in double figures Friday night as the Platt boys basketball team extended its winning streak to seven with an 84-50 CCC South victory over Bristol Eastern.

The Panthers, now 9-3, got a game-high 20 points from Anthony Nimani and 17 from Justin Black.

Makhai Anderson and Elijah Rodriguez were good for 12 apiece. Juan Dancy added 11.

Platt extended a 15-11 lead to 43-26 at the break by outscoring the Lancers (3-9) 28-15 in the second quarter.

The Panthers will return to Bristol on Monday to take on UConn-bound Donovan Clingan and the undefeated BC Rams.

Newington 58, Southington 35: The host Nor’easters busted up a CCC crossover game tied 23-23 at the break by winning the third quarter 19-4.

In all, Newington outscored Southington 35-12 in the second half to improve to (5-6). Southington slid to 4-8.

Greg Gavin gathered a game-high 16 points to pace Newington. Nick Gagliardi drained four 3-pointers and finished with 14.

The Blue Knights got double figures from Ryan Hammarlund (14) and Aidan Buck (10).

Kaynor Tech 82, Wilcox Tech 48: The Wildcats went from scoring 21 points in the first quarter to going scoreless in the second. In the process, their CTC game in Waterbury against the Panthers went from 23-21 to 38-21 by the break.

Kaynor improved to 2-8 behind 20 points from Mike Morales and 19 from Aidan Levesque.

Wilcox (0-11) lit it up from distance, connecting on 10 3-pointers. Sophomore Morrison Beck hit for four en route to a career-high 14 points.

EFrank San Antonio hit twice from behind the arc and finished with a team-high 16 points. Griffin Nielander had three 3’s and 13 points.

Branford 55, Cheshire 46: The Hornets scored the SCC Quinnipiac victory in Branford on Thursday night.

Jake Palluzzi was the big gun for Branford with 32 points. He knocked down 11 field goals, including three from 3-point range, and went 7-for-10 from the free throw line. 

Jack Markarian led Cheshire with a season-high 22 points (9 FG, 4-6 FT). Matt Jeffery added 11.

Branford improved to 11-2. Cheshire, which had won two in a row, fell to 3-8.

Girls basketball

Wilcox Tech 43, Kaynor Tech 25: The Wildcats bolted to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter and took it from there to ring up the CTC victory over the Panthers in Meriden.

Wilcox improved to 5-9 behind 14 points from Tatiana Robles and nine from Zulal Kangal. Chloe Enger and Aryanna Pfaff added seven apiece. Aliah Biro had six.

Maryel Mendoza mustered 11 points for Kaynor (0-10). 

Sacred Heart Academy 52, Lyman Hall 30: A far, far cry from the infamous 92-4 game in Hamden on January 3, the Sharks posted the SCC interdivisional victory in Wallingford in a game played before parents only.

Sacred Heart (12-1) suited up 21 players and played all 21. Gianna Pye led the way with 12 points.

Lyman Hall (1-11) got two 3-pointers and eight total points from both Macy Buccheri and Brooke Dennis. Callie Chordas pulled down eight rebounds.

Boys swimming

Meriden Co-op 95, E.O. Smith-Tolland 89: The city squad bounced back from Tuesday’s loss to Bristol with the CCC interdivisional victory at the Mansfield Community Center.

Meriden is now 4-1.

Mehdi Moumen qualified for the Class LL state meet in yet another event in winning the 500-yard freestyle in 5:06.08. Moumen also captured the 200 individual medley (2:07.18) and led off the first-place 200 medley relay ahead of Spencer Studley, Sam Hurlburt and Joe Peralta (1:51.19).

Peralta later won the 100 freestyle (53.64). His brother John Peralta brought home the 200 free (1:58.40).

Jason Consiglio touched first in the 100 backstroke in 1:05.69 and Austin Studley racked up 207.70 to finish first in diving.


Southington, Maloney: With Saturday’s storm knocking out the scheduled Southington Challenge, the Blue Knights put together a Friday quad on the fly with the Spartans, Hall and Fairfield Ludlowe.

Southington went 3-0, beating Hall 40-27, Maloney 63-15 and Ludlowe 49-30.

Ben Gorr, Colton Thorpe, Michael Lurry, Luis Matias and Joe Mazzarella all went 3-0 for SHS.

Gorr posted two pins and a major decision at 132. Thorpe chalked up three pins at 138. 

In the heavier divisions, Lurry recorded a pin, minor decision and forfeit win at 195. Luis Matias was busy with a pin, tech fall and forfeit at 220, while Mazzarella scored two pins and a forfeit at 285.

Maloney, in its match against Southington, got a pin from Mike Reddick at 220 and a 6-3 decision at 120 from Onil Carrion.

Carrion finished 3-0 on the day Reddick was 2-0. 

Also for the Spartans, 195-pounder Daejon Nixon and heavyweight Luis Delgado took two of their three matches.

As a team, Maloney went 1-2, falling to Southington, Fairfield Ludlowe (42-36) and beating Hall (58-24).

Platt: Like the Spartans and Blue Knights, the Panthers made up for a snowed-out Saturday event with a Friday four-team meet, theirs at Wethersfield.

Coach Bryan McCarty’s team made good with a clean sweep, beating Jonathan Law (60-24), Conard (48-30) and the host Eagles (58-24) to improve to 18-7.

Cesar Rodriguez, Caiden Talento, Ahmed Hernandez, Cristian Taylor, Mike Melendez and Isaiah Smith all went 3-0.


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