Boys Basketball – East Catholic Takes CCC Title

With its two stars and leading scorers being locked down by a swarming pressure defense, East Catholic’s boys basketball team turned to a freshman to lead the Eagles to their first ever CCC tournament title Thursday night in Hartford.

Freshman Joey Reilly came up big for the Eagles, scoring 21 points to help lead East Catholic to a 54-49 victory over Simsbury at Bulkeley’s Babe Allen Fieldhouse. The point total was East Catholic’s second lowest of the season, but it was enough to hold off  a ninth-seeded Simsbury team that had previously upset No. 1 Windsor and No. 4 Middletown on its way to the tournament final.

East Catholic (21-3) began the tournament as the No. 6 seed. The Eagles top scorers Mike McGuirl and Mark Carbone were held to 13 and 10 points respectively, as Simsbury’s defense maintained constant pressure. East Catholic opened up an early 19-12 lead, but was limited to just two points in the second quarter and went 0-11 from the floor during that stretch.  Simsbury, which pulled to within 21-20 at halftime, was led by Rayon Christie with 23 points and Jack Medve, who added 11, including three 3-pointers.

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NCCC Boys Basketball Tournament Championship

East Windsor scored five points in the final 22 seconds, including a 35-foot buzzer beater by freshman Marcus Goss, to snatch a dramatic 57-54  victory over Canton in the NCCC boys basketball tournament final Thursday night at East Granby High School.

It was East Windsor’s second NCCC tournament title in the past three years, while Canton was looking for its first ever tournament championship. Goss finished with 15 points and was named the tournament’s most outstanding player. The lead changed hands a number of times throughout the  second half. After Canton took a 54-52 lead with 50 seconds remaining on a driving layup by Ethan Burke, a rebound and put-back by East Windsor senior Tristan Givens tied the score at 54 with just 22 seconds remaining. Canton called timeout with 14.7 remaining to set up for the last shot. However, a miscommunication on a backdoor cut led to a costly turnover with just 2.8 seconds remaining.

From there, the stage was set for some freshman heroics. East Windsor was hoping to get the ball to its leading scorer on the inbounds, but Givens was well defended by Canton. Instead, the inbounds pass went to Goss who dribbled twice over the mid-court line and let the game winner fly. The ball banked off the glass and dropped through the net as the final buzzer sounded.

Both teams will be playing in next week’s Class S tournament, with Canton hosting Putnam and the Panthers hosting Capital Prep on Monday. See more game story and photos here:


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