Boys basketball roundup: Bontempo, Ellington bounce back | High School Sports

Mike Bontempo and his teammates on the Ellington High boys basketball team were faced with a gut check Wednesday night.

Coming off back-to-back losses, the Knights welcomed one of the top teams in the NCCC at Granby.

But Bontempo showed his resolve, scoring a game-high 30 points as Ellington topped the Bears 81-69.

“It’s a good win coming off of back-to-back losses,” Ellington coach Bob Freitas said. “It’s a good win. It’s just one game at a time. So, every win is important to us, no matter who we’re playing. That’s how we look at it.”

The victory assures Ellington (8-4) a berth in the Division IV state tournament.

Eighty-one is the most points the Knights have scored in a game this season. In their first 11 games, they averaged 53.2 a game.

Granby (8-3) dictated the game early, holding an 18-13 lead after a quarter. But Ellington responded with a 24-12 second quarter.

The Knights kept control the rest of the way, though the Bears nipped at their heels the rest of the way.

“That’s a good team,” Freitas said. “They got it close, down to six, four. We just ended up making our free throws, which was helpful. We tried to limit them to one shot.”

The Knights went 16-of-22 from the line Wednesday, including 9-of-12 in the final eight minutes.

Or Bontempo’s 30 points, 12 came in the fourth quarter.

“He led us,” Freitas said. “Mike was able to get to the basket and be aggressive. He went to his strengths tonight, and he did a nice job with it.”

Teammate Cody Murphy finished with 17 points. Louis Gosselin chipped-in 14, including hitting four 3s, and Elijah Miller added 10 points.

Justin Phillips paced the Bears with 24 points.

Up next for the Ellington is a game with HMTCA Friday in Hartford.

“The momentum is going to help us,” Freitas said. “When you win, you’re excited when you play against a rival. I think it’ll help. I think we got some more people involved who sometimes don’t get as much playing time.

“We’ve got some other guys coming back. I just think that’s the momentum. Hopefully we’ll have more guys that can participate. So I think that’ll make us stronger.”

GRANBY (69): Justin Phillips 7 6-6 24; Josh Brown 5 2-5 14; Liam Heinze 5 4-4 17; Andrew Guiliano 1 0-1 2; Ralph Rossi 6 0-0 12. Totals: 24 13-16 69.

Three point goals: Phillips (4), Heinze (3), Brown.

ELLINGTON (81): Mike Bontempo 12 5-9 30; Louis Gosselin 4 2-2 14; Elijah Miller 4 2-2 10; Cody Murphy 7 3-3 17; Nick Monteleone 0 0-0 0; John Gilnak 1 0-0 2; Camden Thomas 0 0-0 0; Phil Vrakas 0 3-4 3; Caden Branon 2 1-2 5. Totals: 30 16-22 81.

Three-point goals: Gosselin (4), Bontempo.

GRANBY 18 12 14 25 — 69

ELLINGTON 13 24 15 29 — 81

SUFFIELD 61, BOLTON 41. In Bolton, Mike Coggins scored 34 points in the Wildcats’ NCCC win.

Suffield (7-5) led 40-32 entering the final quarter before pulling away. Nick Sattan added nine points while Jack Pixton had eight.

Trevor Buchanan paced Bolton (3-8) with 19 points. Cal Bulley and Michael McBride each had seven.

Both teams are at home Friday. Suffield hosts Windsor Locks while Bolton hosts Granby.

SUFFIELD (61): Tyler Lewis 0 1-3 1; Nick Van Cott 2 0-1 5; Jack Loos 1 0-0 2; Ryan Levis 1 0-0 2; Mike Coggins 9 13-15 34; Nick Sattan 4 1-4 9; Mark Lobo 0 0-2 0; Jack Pixton 3 0-0 8. Totals: 20 15-25 61.

Three-point goals: Van Cott, Coggins (3), Pixton (2).

BOLTON (41): Finn Alibrio 0 0-0 0; Ryan Orzolek 1 0-0 2; Trevor Buchanan 8 2-7 19; Colby Marsh 2 0-0 4; Cal Bulley 2 2-3 7; Matt Godek 1 0-0 2; Michael McBride III 3 1-2 7. Totals: 15 5-12 41.

Three point goals: Buchanan, Bulley.

SUFFIELD 14 12 14 21 — 61

BOLTON 10 9 13 9 — 41

EAST CATHOLIC 71, EAST HARTFORD 47. At Manchester, James Jones had a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds as the Eagles earned a win in CCC East play.

The win is the fourth in a row for the Eagles (8-3), who also clinched a spot in the Division I state tournament. East Catholic won the title the last time the event was completed in 2019. The Hornets (6-6) saw their three-game win streak come to an end.

Allyn Wright and Samson Reilly each contributed 14 points in the win. Luke Reilly added 13 points while Leondre Sanchez had 10 rebounds.

Freshman Dom LaDuca had 19 for the Hornets. Teammate Zander Robinson chipped in 13.

East Hartford welcomes Maloney today while East Catholic is at Manchester Friday.

EAST HARTFORD (47): Chris Lomax 1 2-2 4; Favor Okeke 2 0-0 4; Elijah Serrano 1 0-0 3; Zander Robinson 6 0-0 13; Justin Victorin 0 1-2 1; David Pardo 1 1-2 3; Dom LaDuca 6 4-5 19. Totals: 17 8-11 47.

Three point goals: LaDuca (3), Serrano, Robinson.

EAST CATHOLIC (71): Rob Elliott 0 0-0 0; Luke Reilly 5 1-4 13; Allyn Wright 5 2-2 14; Samson Reilly 5 2-2 14; James Jones 8 0-0 19; Leondre Sanchez 3 0-0 7; Preston Fowler 2 0-0 4. Totals: 28 5-8 71.

Three-point goals: L. Reilly (2), Wright (2), S. Reilly (2), Jones (3), Sanchez.

E. HARTFORD 7 11 17 10 — 47

E. CATHOLIC 18 18 11 24 — 71

FARMINGTON 75, TOLLAND 55. Nick Duncan scored 25 points as the River Hawks earned a CCC interdivisional win in Tolland.

The Eagles (2-8) led 17-15 after a quarter before being outscored 52-13 over the next two quarters.

Jordan Anthony added 21 points for Farmington (9-3), which has won six straight. Mitchell Enman had 20 points to lead the Eagles while Cullen Rublewski had 18.

Tolland welcomes No. 2 Northwest Catholic Friday.

FARMINGTON (75): Garrett Snyder 2 0-0 4; Jordan Anthony 7 5-5 21; Jankai Veal 2 0-2 4; Niko Augustino 2 0-0 2; Nick Bergin 1 0-0 2; Chad Rizzo 2 0-0 6; Jared Young 4 0-0 9; Nick Duncan 9 7-10 25. Totals: 24 12-17 75.

Three point goals: Anthony (2), Rizzo (2), Young.

TOLLAND (55): Nathan Bowes 4 2-4 12; Mitchell Enman 4 0-0 20; Owen Lovoi 0 0-0 0; Matthew Haggerty 0 0-0 0; Daniel Kennedy 1 0-0 3; Cullen Rublewski 8 0-1 18; Matthew Tybor 1 0-0 2; Evan Quick 0 0-0 0; Gavin Bagnell 1 0-0 2; Joey Keane 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 2-5 55.

Three-point goals: Enman (4), Bowes (2), Kennedy (1), Rublewski (2).

FARMINGTON 15 24 28 8 — 75

TOLLAND 17 3 10 25 — 55

CHENEY TECH 55, NORWICH TECH 39. In Manchester, Damnic Gittens had 19 points to lead the Beavers to a CTC win.

The sophomore added six steals for Cheney (6-4), which led 15-4 after a quarter. Omar Rios added nine points and seven rebounds in the win while Xavier McCall had nine rebounds.

Cheney Tech is at Grasso Tech Friday. The Warriors are 3-6.

NORWICH TECH (39): Dante Brown 1 0-2 2; Fletcher Ballaro 2 0-0 5; Joshua Hanks 1 5-7 7; Bradley Saint Louis 1 0-0 2; RJ Savoie 3 0-0 6; Jaquwonne Johnson 5 0-0 11; Chace Davidson 0 2-4 2; David Clang 2 0-0 4. Totals: 15 7-13 39.

Three point goals: Ballard, Johnson.

CHENEY TECH (55): Kymani Thomas 2 2-2 6; Xavier McCall 2 0-2 4; Damnic Gitens 7 4-4 19; Omar Rios 4 1-1 9; Kelvin Rios 0-2-2 2; Justin Szrejna 1 5-6 7; Peyton Carpenter 0 0-0 0; Carmelo Lozada 0 0-0 0; Dazhaun Copeland 3 0-0 6; Jaden Engrem 0 0-0 0; Adam Mohammed 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 14-17 55.

Three point goals: Gittens.

NORWICH TECH 4 13 13 9 — 39

CHENEY TECH 15 16 14 10 — 55

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