BRISTOL - It was Senior Night for the Bristol Central boys basketball team on Monday, but it was a dominating performance by the juniors that helped the Rams stay perfect.
Led by Donovan Clingan’s career-tying 37 points, Bristol Central beat Plainville 74-41to improve to 9-0 on the season.
Clingan scored 16 of his points in the second quarter as the Rams built a 23-point halftime advantage, but the Blue Devils clawed their way back with an aggressive pressure defense that flustered Bristol Central in the third period. Plainville was able to cut the gap to 12 as the game headed into the final period.
It was all Rams in the fourth, however, as Bristol Central outscored Plainville 21-2 to put the game away. Clingan capped his 37-point night with his first 3-point basket of the season before head coach Tim Barrette moved to an all senior lineup for the closing minutes.
Clingan had a strong supporting class from guard Damion Glasper and Victor Rosa, who scored nine points each, while Carson Rivoira and Sean Wininger who controlled the board.
Tyshawn Johnson led Plainville (1-8) with 19 points and Omarion Miller added 10.
Terryville 44, Thomaston 39: Dominick Dao’s late-game basket proved to be the difference for the Kangaroos (7-3) on Monday.
Dao made the most important of his 10 points on a layup in traffic with under a minute to go to break a 39-39 tie. The Bears missed a 3-pointer with in the closing seconds and Dylan Matulis (11 points) hit a pair free throws with two seconds remaining that put the game out of reach.
But Thomaston made sure to make it a game late after rallying from a 12-point deficit to tie the score with less than three minutes to go on Chad Suckley's free throw.
Sean O'Donnell led Terryville with 14 points, while Mike Genovese led the Bears with 13 points.
Plainville 66, Bristol Central 45: Consistent scoring led the Blue Devils to their 21-point win over the Rams as four players eclipsed the 10-point mark.
Senior Janessa Bartell led all scorers with 21 points on nine field goals while senior Jaida Vasquez’s 17 points were the high mark for Plainville followed by 16 from junior Lilly Wazorko, 15 from senior Kori Jones and 13 from senior Tessa Susco.
The win improves the Blue Devils record to 7-2, tying them with Bristol Eastern and Southington, three teams that all beat each other, for first place in CCC Region B. Plainville and Southington have a rematch scheduled for Thursday.
Bristol Eastern 55, Southington 37: Freshman Emma Stavens scored eleven points in the first quarter, shooting 5 for 6 from the field, including a baseline three-pointer to give Eastern a 13-6 lead after one period.
In the second quarter, Eastern held Southington scoreless for the first five and a half minutes of the quarter, got nine points from Ciara Collins, and the Lancers led 23-16 at the half. Eastern maintained their lead throughout the second half, outscoring Southington 14-9 in the third period, and 18-12 in the final quarter. A strong team defensive effort by the entire Lancer team was instrumental in the win.
Ciara Collins led all scorers with 28 points, Stavens had 15 in her first varsity start, and Alyssa Kehler and Janessa Gonzalez each added six.
Up next for the Lancers is their second matchup of the year against Bristol Central while the Blue Knights will look to avenge their loss to Plainville from earlier in the season.
St. Paul 30, Naugatuck 26: The Falcons scored the only two points of the first quarter en route to a four-point win over Naugatuck. Neither team shot the ball well as sophomore Nadia Riemer and junior Alexis Tierpack were the only two St. Paul players with more than one made field goal.
Riemer was the team’s leading scorer with seven points as the Falcons relied on their defense to ensure Monday’s victory. They immediately return to action Tuesday for a road matchup with Torrington.
Thomaston 68, Terryville 19: The Kangaroos fell to undefeated Thomaston for the second time this season. Zoe Zappone led the team’s scoring with eight points as Terryville searches for its second win of the season with two games left. They travel to Litchfield on Wednesday for their next game.
Southington 97, Lewis Mills 76: The Blue Knights continue to remain perfect in the pool.
Alex LeClair, Brett Sheldrick and Landon Colby were all double winners for Southington, which also took all three relay events.
LeClair won the 200 (1:55.66) and 500 (5:11.72) freestyles; Sheldrick took first in the 200 IM (2:10.77) and 100 breaststroke (1:07.35); and Colby won the 50 (23.32) and 100 (50.87) freestyles.
The 200 medley relay team of Peter Zalewski, Sheldrick, Colby and Matt Niro took first in a time of 1:44.52, while the the 200 free relay team of Sheldrick, Jackson Malsheske, Matt Siwek and LeClair won in a time of 1:41.22 and the 400 free relay team of Colby, Niro, LeClair and Zalewski took first in a time of 3:37.29.
In addition to the double winners and relay events, Nico Smith won the diving portion of the meet with a score of 204 with Niro Niro placing first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.52 and Zalewski winning the 100 backstroke in a time of 59.86.
Bristol Central 74, Plainville 41
At Bristol Central
Plainville 10 9 20 2 - 41
Bristol Central 20 22 9 21 - 74
Plainville: Alec Couture 2-0-6, Dylan Hall 0-0-0, Omarion Miller 4-0-10, Atem Mojica 0-0-0, Tyshawn Johnson 6-5-19, Brendan Staubley 1-0-2, A.J. Lestini 2-0-4, George James 0-0-0, Joe Vasquez 0-0-0. Totals: 15-5-41
Bristol Central: Mike Allan -0-0, Victor Rosa 3-3-9, Damion Glasper 4-0-9, Tre Blair 0-0-0, Eli Rodriguez 1-0-2, Tre Jones 0-0-0, Mason Stokes 0-0-0, D’Ante Ross 2-2-6, Dom Amara 0-0-0, Sean Wininger 2-0-4, Carson Rivoira 2-1-5, Donovan Clingan 17-2-37, Jayeson VanBeveran 0-0-0, Julius Powell 1-0-2. Totals 32-8-74.
Three-point goals: Couture (P) 2, Miller (P) 2, Johnson (P) 2, Glasper (BC), Clingan BC.
Records: Bristol Central 9-0, Plainville 1-8.
Terryville 44, Thomaston 39
Terryville 12 15 8 5 - 44
Thomaston 4 8 18 9 - 39
Terryville: Dominick Dao 4-1-10, Dylan Matulis 4-2-11, Jake Rinkavage 4-0-9, Sean O'Donnell 6-1-14. Totals: 18-4-49.
Thomaston: Keegan Daigle 1-0-2, Ty Harkness 3-4-11, Nate Scarola 1-0-2, Chad Suckley 2-2-6, Brendan Fainer 2-1-5, Mike Genovese 4-2-13. Totals: 12-9-39.
Three-point goals: Dao (Te), Matulis (Te), S. O'Donnell (Te), Rinkavage (Te), Genovese (Tm) 3, Harkness (Tm).
Record: Terryville 7-3.
Plainville 66, Bristol Central 45
Bristol Central 10 12 9 14 - 45
Plainville 16 18 15 17 - 66
Bristol Central: Brooke Watson 2-0-5, Arianna Rivera 1-0-2, Janessa Bartell 9-3-21, Ella Watson 2-6-10, Sophia Torreso 3-0-6. Totals: 17-9-45.
Plainville: Lilly Wazorko 6-1-16, Tessa Susco 3-4-13, Jaida Vasquez 8-1-17, Kori Jones 7-1-15, Katie Gagnon 0-2-2, Elena Gorneault 1-0-2. Totals 25-9-66.
Three-point goals: B. Watson (BC), Wazorko (P) 3, Susco (P) 3.
Records: Bristol Central 1-8, Plainville 7-2.
Bristol Eastern 55, Southington 37
At Bristol Eastern
Southington 6 10 9 12 - 37
Bristol Eastern 13 10 14 18 - 55
Southington: Taylor Sullivan 0-1-1, Allison Mikosz 1-2-5, Livvy Pizzitola 3-1-8, Allison Carr 4-4-12, Kelley Marshall 1-4-6, Samantha Sullivan 2-0-5. Totals: 11-12-37.
Bristol Eastern: Ciara Collins 9-8-28, Alyssa Kehlefr 2-2-6, Janessa Gonzalez 2-2-6, Emma Stavens 5-4-15. Totals: 18-16-55.
Three-point goals: Mikosz (S), Pizzitola (S), Sullivan (S), Collins (BE) 2, Stavens (BE).
Records: Southington 7-2, Bristol Eastern 7-2.
St. Paul 30, Naugatuck 26
St. Paul 2 7 12 9 - 30
Naugatuck 0 8 12 6 - 26
St. Paul: Sophia Gerst 1-1-4, Olivia Dahn 1-1-3, Lily Sirois 1-0-2, Abby Stanford 1-0-2, Nadia Riemer 3-0-7, Zoey Rubins 1-1-3, Sophie Bogdansky 0-3-3, Alexis Tierpack 3-0-6. Totals: 8-6-30.
Naugatuck: JJ Magalhaes 2-0-4, Kendall Allen 5-0-10, Aryn Bomberry 3-0-7, Lauren Ramalho 0-3-3, Jourdyn Brown 1-0-2. Totals: 11-3-26.
Three-point goals: Gerst (SP), Riemer (SP), Bomberry (N).
Records: St. Paul 5-3, Naugatuck 3-4.