BRISTOL — The Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern boys basketball teams both had players recognized as CCC South All-Conference selections this winter.
The Rams had three players named, seniors Jaekwon Spencer, Isaiah Miller and Noah Plantamuro.
For the Lancers, senior Mac Goulet was their lone representative.
It was no surprise Spencer got selected, as he is the star player for the No. 4 seeded Rams in the Division II tournament.
Spencer is set to play college basketball and being named to the all-conference team has been customary for him. As a senior, he’s hoping for another recognition.
“He’s averaging 23 points per game and a little over 11 rebounds, those numbers speak for themselves,” Central coach Tim Barrette said. “He’s a three-time all-conference player. He hasn’t gotten All-State yet but he deserves the recognition. We’re hoping he gets it this year.”
Spencer’s teammates, Plantamuro and Miller, are outliers as basketball isn’t the primary sport for the two like it is for Spencer.
Miller’s primary sport is football and he will continue that playing career at Wesleyan University.
Miller is a big-time player and is all over the floor for the Rams on both offense and defense.
“I can’t be any happier for a player than I am for Miller to get this recognition,” Barrette said. “He would’ve been all-conference and possibly All-State in football if he didn’t break his foot. Isaiah is a guy you want to go to war with. He does everything. He’s the best off-ball defender we have and he’s always in the right position. Speaking to other coaches they always say he’s a gamer, the bigger the stage the better he plays.”
Plantamuro, the outside shooter for the Rams, is primarily a baseball player and is going to Eastern Connecticut to continue his career on the diamond.
After playing on the junior varsity team last season, the progress of Plantamuro stands out.
“Noah understands his role and fulfills it every game,” Barrette said. “He’s our most improved player if you ask any of the players on our team. That speaks to him putting in the work in the offseason to get better. His mindset was that he was going to be a starter even though he wasn’t before. He’s always been able to shoot but he got his body physically ready for the varsity game. Plus he has fun playing the game. It’s different than baseball for him. In basketball he can just fulfill his role. In baseball he’s the best player on the field.”
Goulet stepped into the primary scoring role this season after Bristol Eastern lost Carter Dziedzic to injury two games in.
With the offensive expectations raised, Goulet delivered with 13.2 points per game and shot an impressive 46 percent from the field.
The Lancers missed the tournament with seven wins on the season, but without Goulet they likely wouldn’t have come just a game short of it like they did.
“Mac really stepped up this year, becoming a force on both ends of the court,” Bristol Eastern head coach Bunty Ray said. “In his first year playing varsity basketball he improved into an all-conference player recognized by every coach in the league. He was able to work hard getting the most out of his abilities and will be missed.”