MIDDLETOWN - The Bristol Central boys basketball team made it a close game in the end.
The Rams just didn’t have enough to complete the comeback Tuesday night against Middletown.
Down 18 at one point in the third, Bristol Central scored 30 points in the fourth on a linty of 3s, but could only pull as close as four points as the Rams fell 78-74.
Isaiah Miller scored a team-high 21 points for Central, including six 3-pointers. Alex Bernier and Jaekwon Spencer also finished in double-digit figures with 16 and 12 points respectively.
“We didn’t quit,” Rams head coach Tim Barrette said.
But Central also trouble containing DeAaron Lawrence, who finished with a game-high 30 points.
After being outscored 31-21 in the first half, the Rams outscored the Blue Dragons 53-47 the rest of the way.
Bristol Central is now 0-2 on the season.
St. Paul 64, Woodland 44: The Falcons, playing at home, cruised to victory in their first game of the new season, as Tyler Arbuckle led the way with 17 points. Mike Palmieri scored 15, Matt Garry netted 11 and Donavan Symes had six for St. Paul.
Woodland, also playing its first game, was led by Zack Bedryczuk and Michael Meier, with 11 points each.
Bristol Eastern 68, Berlin 67: Hannah Maghini and Jordan Ouellette led the way for the Lancers.
Both players scored 19 points. Ouellette added 10 rebounds to complete a double-double, while Maghini was just shy of a double-double with eight assists.
Bristol Eastern held the Redcoats to just six points in the second quarter, which proved to be the difference
Berlin had 11 three-pointers made in the game and were led by Lizzy Litwinko, who scored 27 points and knocked down a trio of three-pointers.
The Lancers will travel to Platt on Friday to take on the Panthers at 6:45 p.m.
Conard 99, Bristol co-op 79: The local squad came up short in its first meet of the season, yet there were some positive results.
Freshmen Colton Litwinczyk qualified for Class LL state competition in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.02. Also having a good meet were Gabe Bartolome (100 backstroke, 1:01.45; and 100 butterfly, 59.91) and Keagan Mullan (50 freestyle, 24.62), who both narrowly missed cuts for this season’s state trials.
“We came up short today to a very strong Conard team,” Bristol head coach Nick Daddabbo said. “All of our new swimmers exceeded our expectations. The team has shown lots of growth from the first practice to where we are now.”