ROUNDUP: Molina's shooting, Dao's clutch jumper lead Terryville boys basketball to upset win in state tournament

Published on Tuesday, 5 March 2019 22:51


Terryville freshman Dominick Dao’s clutch go-ahead jumper with less than a minute and a half to play helped the 22nd-seeded Kangaroos boys basketball team pull off a first-round upset, 42-38, over No. 11 Bullard Havens in the Division V state tournament Tuesday night.

The Kangaroos (9-13) trailed by three midway through the fourth period when Albert Molina (18 points on 6-of-6 from 3-point range) nailed his final triple of the game to tie the score.

Sean O’Donnell (7 points) later gave the Kangaroos a three-point lead with a trey of his own from the left wing, but Bullard Havens’ Cyrus Cotto (team-high 16 points) hit one from downtown to tie it.

Dao then hit the big shot to break a 36-36 tie at the 1:25 mark of the fourth quarter, driving left and spinning into the paint before burying a fade-away 12-footer.

After a Terryville defensive stop, Zack Rinkavage knocked down two free throws. But Cotto was fouled with 32 seconds left and drained both free throws to cut the deficit to 40-38 for the Tigers (12-9).

Colin Bamrick found O’Donnell open under the basket for a layup with less than 20 seconds left, and Terryville held on to advance to a second-round matchup at No. 6 Morgan (15-6) at 7 p.m. Thursday.

“It was a crazy game tonight,” Terryville coach Mark Fowler said. “[Bullard Havens] banked in a few shots, but we kept our composure and made some huge plays down the stretch. Albert was incredible tonight with the way he shot. He really came through in the clutch. It is never easy to go on the road and get a tournament victory. We are going to enjoy this victory for the night before we turn our attention to Morgan.”

No. 10 New Milford 65, No. 23 Bristol Central 61 (OT): The No. 23-seed Rams nearly pulled off an upset over No. 10 New Milford, leading by nine points at the end of the third quarter.

But the Green Wave (15-6) used a 10-0 run to start the fourth quarter to take a one-point advantage, their first lead of the game.

Damion Glasper buried a two-point shot at the buzzer for Bristol Central (8-13) to send the game to overtime, but the Rams were outlasted in the extra session in a first-round Division III state tournament game.

Bristol Central held leads of 17-9 at the end of the first quarter, 32-27 at halftime and 46-37 at the end of the third, but the Rams were outscored 20-11 in the fourth.

Freshman Donovan Clingan scored a game-high 36 points for the Rams, and Austin Brown chipped in 12. New Milford was paced by Eric Habjan (19 points) and John Fitzmaurice (17 points).

No. 13 West Haven 57, No. 20 St. Paul 49: The Falcons fell in a first-round Division III matchup on the road. They ended the season 9-12, and West Haven improved to 13-8.

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No. 22 Terryville 42, No. 11 Bullard Havens 38

At Bullard Havens

Terryville     13 8 7 14 - 42

B. Havens     9 12 7 10 - 38

TERRYVILLE: Dominick Dao 2-0-3, Albert Molina 6-0-18, Zack Rinkavage 0-4-4, Devonne Dao 2-0-4, Sean O'Donnell  3-0-7, Colin Bamrick  2-1-5, Kyle Miranda 0-0-0. Totals: 15-5-42.

BULLARD HAVENS: Cyrus Cotto 5-4-16, Jayvon Hawthorne 3-1-8, Richard Edwards 1-0-2, Alland Beliard 3-0-7, Jaydon Bailey 1-0-2, Barry Jean-Pierre 1-0-3. Totals: 14-5-38.

Three-point goals: Molina 6 (T), O’Donnell (T), Cotto 2 (BH), Hawthorne (BH), Jeane-Pierre (BH), Beliard (BH).

Records: Terryville 9-13, Bullard Havens 12-9.

No. 10 New Milford 65, No. 23 Bristol Central 61 (OT)

At New Milford

New Milford     9 18 10 20 8 - 65

Bristol Central    17 15 14 11 4 - 61

BRISTOL CENTRAL: Ryan Buchanan 0-0-0, Victor Rosa 1-0-2, Austin Brown 4-4-12, Nick Ruffino 0-0-0, Damion Glasper 1-0-2, Mike Lorenzetti 0-0-0, Nata Rosa 0-0-0, Shane Ouellette 1-0-3, Sean Wininger 1-0-2, Donovan Clingan 16-4-36, Ryan Rodriguez 2-0-4. Totals: 26-8-61.

NEW MILFORD: Josian Morales 3-2-9, John Fitzmaurice 5-5-17, Tyler Bowe 2-3-8, Eric Habjan 6-4-19, Eric Diaz 1-0-3, Hunter Skelly 3-1-7, Anthony Trocchio 1-0-2. Totals: 21-15-65.

Three-point goals: Ouellette (BC), Morales (NM), Fitzmaurice 2 (NM), Bowe (NM), Habjan 3 (NM), Diaz (NM).

Records: Bristol Central 8-13, New Milford 15-6.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, St. Paul, Terryville on Tuesday, 5 March 2019 22:51. Updated: Tuesday, 5 March 2019 22:53.