NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain boys basketball team picked up a much-needed win on Friday.
Justice Carter scored a team-high 14 points, while Dantay Bishop and Demir Kandic finished with 10 points each as the Hurricanes beat Bristol Eastern 56-50 to snap a three-game losing streak.
Eli Parent scored a game-high 20 points for the Lancers (2-4) and Josh Kolano added 11 points.
The difference in the game came over the second and third quarters.
Bristol Eastern led for most of the first half, hitting on seven 3-pointers, including three from Parent and Kolano and one from Jack Stavens, before a late run in the second period gave New Britain (3-3) a 33-29 lead at the half.
The Hurricanes’ lead grew to 44-35 after three periods, but a Lancers’ comeback cut the margin to 52-50 with 1:40 to play on a hoop by Parent before New Britain was able to close the game out.
Bristol Central 59, Lewis Mills 37: A good part of Friday’s game was back and forth. That was until a 19-2 run by the Rams over the third and fourth quarters proved to be the difference.
With Bristol Central center Donovan Clingan on the bench for 12 minutes of the first half due to foul trouble, the Rams managed to take a 24-17 halftime lead over the Spartans thanks to the strong play of Carson Rivoira, Victor Rosa and Sean Wininger, who anchored a strong defense.
Lewis Mills, however, came out of the halftime break and scored the first eight points to take a 25-24 advantage. But with Clingan back in the lineup, the Rams dominated the rest of the way, including the 19-2 run that allowed them to coast from there.
Clingan scored 18 of his game-high 24 points in the second half, and added 13 rebounds and three blocks. Rivoira had 11 points, nine of which came with Bristol Central’s center out in the opening half. Damian Glasper showed some strong flashes to the hoop to score 10 points, while and Wininger added eight.
Nate DiChiara had 11 points with Logan Cowger adding 10 points of his own for the Spartans.
Bristol Central will play at Plainville on Saturday afternoon to round out the first half of the season.
Bristol Eastern 62, New Britain 46: The Lancers keep rolling, improving to 5-1 on the season.
Collins led all scorers with 31 points, while Janessa Gonzalez finished with 12 points and Sage Scarritt added 10 to pace the Bristol Eastern scorers.
Maya Slisz scored a team-high 25 points for the Hurricanes, the only New Britain player to reach double-figures.
Collins with scored nine first-quarter points and Gonzalez had six to help the Lancers jump out to a 19-10 advantage after the opening quarter. Bristol Eastern increased its lead at the half, heading into the locker room up 37-24, and maintained the advantage throughout the second half and went on to the win.
Wolcott 50, St. Paul 45: The Falcons suffered their second loss of the season to fall back to .500.
Nadia Riemer led St. Paul with nine points, while Lily Sirois had eight points and Sophie Bogdanski finished with seven points and nine rebounds.
Julia Sullivan led Wolcott with 13 points.
The Falcons fell behind in the first quarter and were never able to fully recover, despite making an attempt in the second half, which saw them outscore Wolcott 26-24.
Goodwin Tech 41, Vinal Tech 15: The Gladiators improved to 5-1 on the season thanks to Megan Lukeszewski’s 21-point, 11-rebound double-double.
Abneliz Alamo was second on the team with seven points. Janiyah Miller scored 14 of Vinal Tech’s 15 points.
Goodwin Tech controlled the game from the start. The Gladiators led 13-0 after the first quarter and 24-6 at the halftime break.
Shepaug 48, Terryville 38: The Kangaroos were able to keep the game close until the fourth quarter.
“We played really hard and had three good quarters,” head coach Breeann Redman said. “In the fourth quarter we were tired and lost focus.”
Taylor Barnett, Alivia Cote, Tiffany Pires and Zoe Zappne scored all of Terryville’s points.
Barnett had a team-high 12 points, while Cote, Pires and Zappne added 10, eight and six points, respectively. Pires also pulled down 15 rebounds.
New Britain 56, Bristol Eastern 50
At New Britain
Bristol Eastern 18 11 6 15 - 50
New Britain 18 15 11 12 - 56
Bristol Eastern: Nasir Walker 3-0-7, Eli Parent 8-0-20, Josh Colando 3-2-11, Trini Otero 3-0-7, Jack Stavens 1-0-3, Tyler Donohue h 1-0-2. Totals: 18-2-50
New Britain: Justice Carter 4-3-14, Jayden Andujar 2-0-5, Tyrone Cummings 5-0-10, Xavier Goode 3-0-9, Tyler Nolan 3-0-6, Dantay Bishop 1-0-2, Demir Kandic 3-4-10. Totals: 21-7-56.
Records: New Britain 3-3, Bristol Eastern 2-4.
Bristol Central 59, Lewis Mills 37
At Bristol Central
Lewis Mills 8 9 10 10 - 37
Bristol Central 14 10 17 18 - 59
Lewis Mills: Nate DiChiara 5-0-11, Tommy Martinotti 1-0-3, Drew Cormier 5-0-10, Brice Waldron 3-0-8, Logan Cowger 2-1-5. Totals: 16-1-37.
Bristol Central: Victor Rosa 3-0-6, Damian Glasper 3-4-10, Sean Wininger 4-0-8,Carson Rivoira 5-1-11, Donovan Clingan 11-2-24. Totals: 26-7-59.
Three-point goals: DiChiara (LM), Martinotti (LM), Waldron (LM) 2.
Records: Bristol Central 5-0, Lewis Mills 2-3.
Bristol Eastern 62, New Britain 46
At Bristol Eastern
New Britain 10 14 11 11- 46
Bristol Eastern 19 18 13 12 - 62
New Britain: Maya Slisz 10-1-25, Adrianna Falcoza 2-1-5, Kaylie Lee 1-0-2, Jamily Carter 1-0-2, Kaylee Cahill 1-0-3, Layla Mejia 3-0-7, Maya Kelly 1-0-2. Totals: 19-2-46.
Bristol Eastern: Taigan Parent 3-0-6, Ciara Collins 12-4-31, Cali Doyon 0-1-1, Alyssa Kehler 1-0-2, Janessa Gonzalez 6-0-12, Sage Scarritt 4-1-10. Totals: 26-6-62.
Three-point goals: New Britain: Slisz (NB) 4, Cahill (NB), Mejia (NB), Collins (BE) 3, Scarritt (BE).
Records: Bristol Eastern 5-1, New Britain 2-4.