Middletown Comes Close To Knocking Off No. 1 Windsor

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HARTFORD — Middletown came up just short of upsetting the No. 1 team in the state on Saturday night.

The Blue Dragons led Windsor at halftime and through three quarters, but the Warriors overcame the deficit with a 25-point fourth quarter and won 80-75 in the Doc Hurley Classic finale at Trinity College.

Mekhi Toler led Middletown with 26 points and Jonathan Nkonoki finished with 17. Several of their teammates had strong games: Richard Rivers with 13 points and 8 rebounds, Donte Pope with 10 and 9, and Elijah Wilborn with 9 rebounds.

Middletown shot just 4 of 12 from the free-throw line.

Corey McKeithan led all scorers with 27 points for Windsor, the top-ranked team in the GameTimeCT Top 10.

MIDDLETOWN (75)
Matt Steuerwald 0 0 0, Mekhi Toler 10 2 26, Kenny Fountain 2 1 5, Jonathan Nkonoki 8 0 17, Erin Strong 0 0 0, Richard Rivers 6 1 13, Donte Pope 5 0 10, Elijah Wilborn 2 0 4. Totals: 33 4-12 75.

WINDSOR (80)
Jarrell Pettaway 2 0 5, Troy McCoy 3 1 7, Corey McKeithan 11 3 27, Primo Spears 5 4 15, Anthony Solis 0 0 0, Smith 1 0 2, Kyle Lawrence 0 2 2, Justice Ellison 9 1 20. Totals: 32 11-19 80.

Score By Quarters
M—14 25 18 18—75
W—17 19 19 25—80

3-Pointers: M—Toler 4, Nkonoki 1. W— McKeithan 2, Pettaway 1, Spears 1, Ellison 1.
Records: Middletown 1-1, Windsor 2-0

Next Game

  • Middletown at Platt, Monday, 6:45pm

Elsewhere around the area Saturday:

Cromwell 60, Old Saybrook 34

CROMWELL – Cromwell bolted to a 21-5 lead in the opening eight minutes and newcomer Michael Morgan led the Panthers with 19 points in their Shoreline Conference win over the Rams.

Cromwell has won 32 straight regular-season games dating to the 2017-18 season.

Nick Polizonis chipped in with 10 points for the Panthers. Davis Brown led Old Saybrook with 22 points.

OLD SAYBROOK (34)
Tucker Gometz 0 0 0, Gino Gallitto 1 0 3, Shon Ryan 1 0 2, William Bergeron 1 0 2, Davis Brown 5 12 22, Riley Lawson 2 0 4, Toby Marineau 1 0 2. Totals: 11 12 34.

CROMWELL (60)
Tyler Baldwin 1 0 2, James Grodzicki 2 0 4, Patrick Stafstrom 0 0 0, Connor Daly 2 2 7, Zykarie Wilborn 0 0 0, Malcolm Mention 1 0 2, Nick Polizonis 3 1 10, Justin Valentin 2 0 4, Gianluca Albert 3 0 8, Michael Morgan 8 3 19, Kevon Hancock 1 2 4. Totals: 23 8 60.

Score By Quarters
OS—5 12 6 11—34
C—21 18 13 8—60

3-Pointers: OS—Gallitto 1; C—Polizonis 3, Albert 2, Daly 1.
Records: Cromwell 1-0, Old Saybrook 0-2.

Next Games

  • Cromwell at Hale-Ray, Monday, 5pm
  • Old Saybrook home vs. East Hampton, Dec. 27, 1pm

Morgan 64, Portland 51

PORTLAND – Zach Johnson followed up his 23-point opening night with another big effort, scoring a game-high 26 in Morgan’s Shoreline Conference road win over Portland.

Johnson sank three 3-pointers and was 11 of 11 from the free-throw line as the Huskies improved to 2-0. Jason Cohen knocked down six 3-pointers and finished with 19 points.

Morgan led 16-4 at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.

Bryan Dinnis led the Highlanders with 14 points and Jose Doering chipped in with 10.

MORGAN (64)
Jon Fiorillo 0 1 1, Jason Cohen 6 1 19, Zach Johnson 6 11 26, Rob Zirlis 1 2 4, Connor Duffy 2 2 6, Alex Fratamico 3 2 8. Totals: 19 18 64.

PORTLAND (51)
Mason Piersall 4 0 10, Josh Doering 4 2 12, Indomari Ellison 1 0 3, Peter McNickle 2 0 6, Caden Charpentier 0 0 0, Noah Charpentier 2 0 5, Bryan Dinnis 5 4 14. Totals: 18 7 51.

Score By Quarters
M—16 20 8 20—64
P—4 19 11 17–51

3-Pointers: M—Cohen 6, Johnson 3; P—Piersall 2, Doering 2, McNickle 2, Ellison 1, N. Charpentier 1.
Records: Morgan 2-0 (1-0 SLC), Portland 1-1.

Next Games

  • Morgan vs. Platt at North Haven High, Dec. 27, 5pm
  • Portland at Coginchaug, Dec. 30, 7pm

Hale-Ray 65, Wheeler 53

NORTH STONINGTON – Zak Cunningham poured in 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to give Hale-Ray its second win in as many games.

HALE-RAY (65)
Zak Cunningham 11 1 24, Jacob Soucier 4 1 11, Matt Conroy 3 4 13, Antonio Dadario 3 0 8, Loudon Chopas 3 1 7, Cody Velikanneye 0 0 0, Ross Kuluge 1 0 2, James Gagne 0 0 0. Totals: 25 7 65.

WHEELER (53)
Kayleb Startz 1 0 2, Lukas Jones 4 0 12, Bowen Baker 4 3 11, Ian Sparklin 4 7 17, Sam Taylor 0 0 0, Nick Larkin 1 1 4, Scott Pion 3 0 8. Totals: 17 11 53.

3-Pointers: HR—Conroy 3, Soucier 2, Dadario 2, Cunningham 1. W—Jones 4, Sparklin 2, Baker 1, Larkin 1.
Records: Hale-Ray 2-0, Wheeler 1-1.

Next Game

  • Hale-Ray hosts Cromwell, Monday, 5pm


Old Lyme 62, Hand 49

OLD LYME – Ray Doll scored a team-high 18 points for Old Lyme and Aedan Using had 16 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocked shots as the Wildcats beat Hand in an out-of-conference game.

Brady Sheffield chipped in with 12 points for the Wildcats. Nick Donofrio led Hand with 19 points and Scott Teston scored 14.

Next Game

  • Old Lyme at Westbrook, Dec. 27, 7pm

North Branford 70, Westbrook 64 (OT)

NORTH BRANFORD – Michael Sitro scored 29 points and Bret Fee finished with 14 in the T-Birds’ Shoreline win over the Purple Knights. Jesse Whitney led Westbrook with 17 points, Jack Naccarato scored 13 and Brenden Engels 11.

Next Games

  • Westbrook home vs. Whitney Tech, Monday, 7pm
  • North Branford home vs. Coginchaug, Dec. 27, 7pm

Girls Basketball

Cromwell 60, Old Lyme 29

CROMWELL – The Panthers broke into the win column after losing two out-of-conference games this week, defeating Old Lyme in Shoreline play with balanced scoring and a big second quarter.

Senior starters Vanessa Stolstajner (team-high 14 points) and Sadie Budzik (6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists) led the way. The Panthers outscored Old Lyme 17-6 in the second quarter to take a 30-17 halftime lead.

“We played good defense, especially in the second half, and moved the ball better,” coach Kelly Maher said. “Our rebounding was better but still needs more work. We are getting more comfortable playing together.”

Sophomore forward Khaya Skene finished with 7 points and 11 rebounds, freshman Adela Cecunjanin grabbed 10 boards and Monica Dewey had 7 assists for Cromwell.

Ellie Deroehn led Old Lyme with 9 points.

OLD LYME (29)
Grace Lathrop 0 0 0, Ali Kyle 0 0 0, Sam Gray 3 0 7, Fiona Frederiks 1 2 4, Ellie Zrenda 3 2 8, Ellie Deroehn 3 3 9, Maddie Thompson 0 0 0, Alexis Fenton 0 0 0, Megan Loflin 0 1 1, Allison Ward 0 0 0. Totals: 10 8-16 29.

CROMWELL (60)
Sadie Budzik 2 0 6, Erica Dewey 3 0 8, Khaya Skene 3 1 7, Adela Cecunjanin 1 0 2, Madison Tessmer 1 0 2, Brynn Kovacs 1 0 2, Jessica Grodzicki 3 0 7, Nevaeh Clark 4 0 8, Monica Dewey 1 2 4, Vanessa Stolstajner 6 1 14, Likita Chanda 0 0 0, Grace Mikan 0 0 0. Totals: 25 4-8 60.

Score By Quarters
Old Lyme 11 6 10 2—29
Cromwell 13 17 13 17—60

3-Pointers: OL—Gray 1. C—Budzik 2, E. Dewey 2, Grodzicki 1, Stolstajner 1.
Records: Cromwell 1-2(1-0 SLC), Old Lyme 1-2 (1-2).

Next Games

  • Cromwell at Old Saybrook, Dec. 30, noon
  • Old Lyme home vs. Westbrook, Dec. 27, 4pm

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