BERLIN - Berlin boys basketball took on Bulkeley Monday night and rolled to a 66-33 victory.
A pregame ceremony was held to honor the life and career of Mike Veneziano, who passed from cancer in December. ‘Coach V’ was a longtime coach for Berlin boys basketball before stepping down due to illness.
Veneziano’s wife and kids were presented with a commemorative basketball prior to the start of the game. Also announced prior to tip off was a Coach V Memorial Golf Tournament, which will be held May 9 of this year.
The game gave out commemorative t-shirts to celebrate Veneziano, who guided the Redcoats to the state tournament 10 times with state quarterfinal appearences in 2011 and 2013.
The Redcoats celebrated Veneziano with a game where they opened up a six-point lead at 14-8 through the first quarter. The game was blown open with a 27-point third quarter by the Redcoats, who rolled toa win to move to 7-4 on the season.
Marino Fanelli led Berlin in scoring with 16 points. Ryan Stech and Michael Ciarcia had 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Innovation 67, Parish Hill 59: Innovation boys basketball defeated Parish Hill Monday night, winning 67-59.
Innovation trailed 32-21 entering halftime, and took the lead in the third quarter wih a 24-9 frame in its favor. Parish Hill outscored the Ravnes 18-12 in the fourth quarter but the Ravens had a big enough lead to hold off Parish’s late push,
Innovation was led in points by Amari Cruz with 24 points. Jayden Newell-Kemp had nine points, coming up one point shy of a double-double as he collected 12 rebounds. Cruz also had four steals in the win.
Leading the scoring for Parish Hill was Mike Monroe with 16 points. Cam Bill added 15 points.
Bloomfield 86, Bristol Eastern 36: Bristol Eastern was routed by Bloomfield on Monday in an 86-36 score.
Bloomfield, undefeated entering the night, improved to 9-0 with Eastern falling to 3-7.
Tied 18-18 after the first quarter, Eastern hung around while Bloomfield slowly started to extend a lead. At halftime, it was 32-24, the Lancers trailing.
A 50-12 second half, with a 30-4 third quarter, saw Bloomfield haul away with the lead and the game.
Brayden Dauphinas was the lone Lancer in double-digits for points with 10.
East Hartford 57, Southington 55: Southington boys basketball fell to East Hartford on Monday in a 57-55 score.
Southington led by one entering halftime at 30-29, but had the game evened up entering the fifth quarter at 47-47. East Hartford narrowly outscored Southington for the win to move over .500 (6-5) while Southington moves to 4-6.
Leading in scoring for the Blue Knights was Ryan Hammarlund with 21 points. Eli Whitehead had 12 points and Ray Epps had 10.
Goodwin Tech 40, O’Brien Tech 35: Goodwin Tech girls basketball defeated O’Brien Tech Monday night, winning 40-35.
Goodwin held O’Brien to a 13-2 score in the first quarter, and entered halftime ahead 21-13. The lead was maintained across the second half with Goodwin getting the win to move to .500 (5-5).
Goodwin was led in scoring by Ericka Aponte’s 13 points. She also added 10 rebounds to complete a double-double, and had four blocks.
Avalise Hernandez scored 12 points in the win.
Enfield 46, New Britain 45: New Britain girls basketball fell just short of a win against Enfield on Monday, losing 46-45.
Entering halftime the Hurricanes led 20-17, and extended the lead to 37-30, but a 16-8 fourth quarter push by Enfield put them over the edge in the final minutes.
A 1-for-9 stretch from the free throw line in the final eight minutes saw Enfield’s chances increase during its comeback. New Britain finished the game 10 for 20 from the charity stripe on the night.
Layla Mejia had 10 points with four rebounds and three steals in the loss. Xandra Silva had nine points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists.
The Hurricanes had 16 steals as a team.
For Enfield, they were led by Alyssa Rossignol’s 26 points – 10 of which came in the inal quarter to seal off the game.
BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING
Southington 94, Newington 80: Southington’s boys swim and dive team defeated Newington on Monday in a 94-80 score.
The Blue Knights had multiple notable finishes , with the 200 medley relay team of Peter Zalewski, Alex LeClair, Boden Tito and Matt Siwek taking first at 1:49.36. The 200 free tram of LeClair, Matt Niro, Tito and Landon Colby also took first at 1:38.14.
The 400 free team of Colby, Siwek, Niro and Zalewski were the third relay team to take first for Southington with a time of 3:35.76.
In individual events, Colby was a two-time winner with a first-place finish in the 200 free (1:54.03) and the 500 free (5:17.88). LeClair was also a first-place finisher in two events, the inter. medley (2:08.32) and the 100 breast (1:09.10).
Siwek was a first-place finisher in the 50 free at 24.41 and Tito was a first-place finsher in the 100 fly at 59.33.