BRISTOL - Visiting Maloney put up perhaps a bigger challenge than expected Wednesday night, but the Bristol Central boys basketball team finally managed to take control in the fourth quarter to earn a 52-46 victory.
The Rams jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead and expanded the margin to 11 early in the second quarter, but Maloney battled back with an 11-0 run to tie the game. The teams fought back and forth over the entire second half until Bristol Central put the game away at the free throw line in the closing seconds for its fourth straight win.
Up by two with a minute to go, the Rams converted eight straight free throws, including six by Alex Bernier, to pull out the victory. The Rams had made only four of 13 going into the final period, but connected for 10 charity points in the final period.
Spencer led the scoring for Bristol Central (5-3) with 18. Bernier had 11 and Dathan Hickey 10 for the Rams.
Ramello Samuels was the game’s high scorer with 26, including four from three point range, for Maloney (1-7).
St. Paul 57, Kennedy 29: Despite a sluggish second quarter, the Falcons flew to their seventh victory of the season, playing on the road in Waterbury.
Janessa Gonzalez led the way for St. Paul (7-1) with 20 points and five rebounds, while Morgan Kolb scored 11 points, Olivia Stump netted seven, Taylor Crawford had five, Jade Udoh contributed four and Emma Cretella had three points and six steals.
Kennedy (2-6) was led by 10 points from Yalira Edwards.
Weaver 61, Bristol Eastern 59: Hannah Maghini led the way with 23 points while Jordan Ouellette also had a big game with 20 points for the Lancers.
Sage Scarritt added 10 rebounds for Bristol Eastern.
It was another close game for the Lancers in their third consecutive loss, all three coming without starting junior forward Meredith Forman.
The Lancers fell to 3-6 on the season and will look to right the ship tonight, hosting Enfield.