BRISTOL - The two area boys basketball teams that managed to punch their tickets to their respective state tournaments, learned their postseason paths to a possible state title Wednesday afternoon.
Both Bristol Central and St. Paul put together successful campaigns and the next step for each program is making a run in the tourney and completing the season on the right note.
After a 16-4 regular season, the fourth-seeded Rams received a bye in the first round of the Division II tournament.
Bristol Central will instead host a second round matchup with the winner of No. 13 Wilton (13-7)/No. 20 Norwalk (12-8).
If the Rams advance to the quarterfinals, they will host that as well before getting to the neutral sites.
Bristol Central has the recipe for success in the state tournament with experience throughout its lineup led by Jaekwon Spencer, who will be a player on every team’s radar.
No. 11 St. Paul (12-8) will host No. 22 Barlow (8-12) in the first round of the tournament on Monday at 7 p.m. If the Falcons advance they will face NVL opponent, sixth-seeded Torrington (14-6) on the road on Wednesday.
St. Paul, while outside of the top 10 in seeding, has the guard play needed to make a run.
Tyler Arbuckle and Mike Palmieri are two who can put up big point totals any night. Matthew Garry is also a player to look out for. At 6-foot-3, Garry brings the length that provides opponents with matchup problems.
Fell Just Short
Both Bristol Eastern and Terryville fell a game short of making the tournament.
Each team had seven wins on the season with both suffering from injuries.
The Lancers lost Carter Dziedzic and Ariza Kolloverja and the Kangaroos’ starting point guard Evan Dorso missed half of the season.
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