Portland shook off two straight losses with a monster second half on the road and beat Valley Regional 56-37 in a Shoreline Conference boys basketball game Friday night.

Senior center Eli Evison scored a game-high 21 points and the Highlanders followed a 12-4 run in the third quarter by outscoring the Warriors 23-13 in the fourth to pull away.

Joe Rusczyk scored 11 points for the Highlanders and Evan Johnson 10 as Portland evened its record at 4-4.

James Marsden and Saagar Patel had 10 points each for the Warriors (4-4), who were without starting guard Simon Partyka.

PORTLAND (4-4)
Eli Evison 6 7 21, Mike Collino 2 2 6, Jake Thompson 2 2 8, Evan Johnson 4 0 10, Joe Rusczyk 3 4 11. Totals: 17 15 56.

VALLEY REGIONAL (4-4)
Zach Kirla 1 0 2, Di’Angelo Jean-Pierre 3 2 8, Andrew Yermenson 2 0 4, Kevin King 0 0 0, Sam Hutchinson 1 2 4, James Marsden 3 2 10, Saagar Patel 4 0 10, Brayden Shea 1 0 2. Totals 13 6 37.

Score By Quarters
Portland…….12 9 12 23–56
Valley Reg…..8 12 4 13–37

3-pointers: Portland–Evison 2, Thompson 2, Johnson 2, Rusczyk 1; Valley–Patel 2, Marsden 2.
Up next: Valley at Old Saybrook, Tuesday, 4; Portland at Cromwell, Tuesday, 7.

In other games Friday night:

East Hampton 58, Coginchaug 38

EAST HAMPTON (4-2)
Brady Lynch 4 0 8, Drew DiStefano 5 4 14, Jack Watkins 1 0 2, Jye Lynch 5 2 12, Jack Blakey 3 1 7, Nate Ireland 6 2 15. Totals: 24 9 58.

COGINCHAUG (0-5)
Sam Whittle 0 3 3, Conner Willett 4 1 9, Colin Murphy 1 0 2, Jayson Penney 3 1 8, Adam Schaffer 4 2 10, Henry Bugai 2 0 4. Totals: 14 7 38.

Score By Quarters
East Hampton…..14 13 13 18–58
Coginchaug……….4 14   9  11–38

3-pointers: East Hampton–Ireland 1; Coginchaug–Penney 1.
Of note: Nate Ireland had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Bellringers, while Jye Lynch grabbed 8 boards to go with his 12 points.
Up next: Coginchaug vs. H-K, Tuesday, 7; East Hampton vs. Westbrook, Tuesday, 5.

Morgan 67, Old Lyme 47

OLD LYME (3-4)
Nick Cox 1 1-2 3, John Almy 5 3-4 17, Jacob Ritchie 3 1-4 7, Frank Sablone 2 1-1 5, Caden Monte 1 1-2 3, Calvin Monte 2 0-0 4, Maverick Swaney 4 0-2 8. Totals: 18 7-15 47.

MORGAN (4-3)
Drew Nye 6 0-0 14, Cooper Galdenzi 11 0-0 25, Tim McComisky 0 1-2 1, Alex Fratamico 8 2-2 20, Connor Duffy 0 1-2 1, Cam Johnson 1 0-0 2, Eddie Dwake 1 0-0 2, Ben McDonnell 1 0-0 2. Totals: 28 4-6 67.

Score By Quarters
Old Lyme….8 14 11 14–47
Morgan……14 18 11 24–67

3-pointers: Old Lyme–Almy 4; Morgan–Galdenzi 3, Nye 2, Fratamico 2.
Up next: Morgan at Hale-Ray, Tuesday, 7; Old Lyme at North Branford, Tuesday, 7.

Old Saybrook 54, North Branford 41

NORTH BRANFORD (2-4)
Ryan Monde 1 0-0 3, Drew Girardi 2 0-0 6, Jack Meehan 6 2-2 14, Blake Pearson 2 0-0 5, John Onofrio 3 0-0 9, Nico Desisto 0 0-0 0, Jake Saldutti 1 0-0 2, Ben Stegina 1 0-0 2, Jordan DeJesus 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 2-2 41.

OLD SAYBROOK (4-1)
Cody Brayden 1 1-2 3, Wes Nobile 1 0-0 2, Jake Butler 1 0-0 2, Riley Lawson 2 2-6 6, Ryan Stratton 6 6-13 18, Auggie Albert 2 1-2 5, Bradley Kulmann 0 0-0 0, Aaron Tolve 8 2-3 20. Totals: 30 12-26 54.

Score By Quarters
North Branford….9 12  7 13–41
Old Saybrook….17 12 11 14–54

3-pointers: North Branford–Onofrio 3, Girardi 2, Pearson 1, Monde 1; Old Saybrook–
Up next: North Branford vs. Old Lyme, Tuesday, 7; Old Saybrook vs. Valley Regional, Tuesday, 4.

Hale-Ray 75, Haddam-Killingworth 34

HALE-RAY (6-2)
Drew Conroy 1 0-0 3, Loudon Chupas 10 3-4 25, Miles Gagne 2 0-0 6, Nate Matetich 5 0-0 10, Avery Gugliotti 5 0-0 10, Mamush Ciccarello 5 1-2 14, Charlie Gable 2 0-0 4, Joel Kindle 1 0-0 2, Austin Sevigny 1 0-0 3. Totals: 32 4-6 75.

HADDAM-KILLINGWORTH (0-8)
Joe Giaccone 1 1-2 3, Declan Christopher 1 0-0 2, Lucas Kamoen 2 1-4 5, Blake Kamoen 4 1-3 10, Callen Powers 5 2-2 14, Andrew Crayton 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 5-11 34.

Score By Quarters
Hale-Ray….17 17 23 13–75
H-K…………11  8   7   8–34

3-pointers: Hale-Ray–Ciccarello 3, Chupas 2, Gagne 2, Conroy 1; H-K–Powers 2, B. Kamoen 1.
Up next: H-K at Coginchaug, Tuesday, 7; Hale-Ray vs. Morgan, Tuesday, 7.

Xavier 51, Cheshire 42

XAVIER (4-4)
John Carrozzella 1 1-4 3, Ethan Bessoni 1 0-0 2, Colby Ciampi 1 0-0 3, Vik Vakati 3 0-0 8, Anthony Parker 7 3-8 21, Richie Rivers 2 0-0 4, Aidan Driscoll 4 2-2 10. Totals: 19 6-14 51.

CHESHIRE (1-5)
Jack Markarian 1 5-5 7, Eric Levens 3 5-6 13, Matt Jeffrey 5 2-4 13, Drew Vagts 1 1-2 3, JD Shumilla 1 0-0 2, Tristan Washington 2 0-0 4. Totals: 13 13-17 42.

Score By Quarters
Xavier…..17 10 14 10–51
Cheshire.11 10 10 11–42

3-pointers: Xavier–Parker 4, Vakati 2, Ciamp 1; Cheshire–Levens 2, Jeffrey 1.
Up next: Xavier at Hillhouse, Wednesday, 7.

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