Top Performers of the Week: Basketball Players Have Pair of Great Games

Boys basketball players Kewan Smoot of South Windsor, PJ Buccheri of Manchester, and Jadon Archer of Enfield each had multiple outstanding performances this past week.

Smoot added two more great performances to his phenomenal freshman year by scoring a combined 63 points in wins against Manchester and Southington last Monday and Friday. The guard scored 34 and recorded both six assists and steals in the comfortable win against Manchester, and led the Bobcats to a 50-48 win at Southington by scoring 29.

Buccheri, a senior, had a strong night against South Windsor with 17 points. He then helped Manchester rebound on Friday by putting together a great all-around performance against Hartford Public. Buccheri scored 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and added six assists and five steals in the hard-fought win.

Archer, a sophomore guard, was on fire for Enfield against New Britain Wednesday, scoring 30 points in the 76-74 win. He then scored 19 in Friday’s loss to Bloomfield.

Rockville senior small forward Jake Cichon had a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds in Thursday’s win against Ellington.  On Monday, senior Doug Hostetler scored 35 for Somers in a tough loss to Bacon Academy, while Manchester senior Derrick Molden led the Indians with 21 in their loss.  Two days later, Tolland seniors Andrew Jaworski and Colin O’Connor scored 23 and 16 points in a win over Bloomfield. At the same time over in Hebron, RHAM senior guard Kyle Hespeler was scoring 18 to lead the Sachems to a win against E.O. Smith. East Catholic junior guard Matt Veretto scored 23 to lead the Eagles in Friday’s win against East Hartford. Ellington senior Randy Philavong scored 16 in Thursday’s loss to Rockville.


The Enfield/East Granby/Stafford trio of Robert Vose, Connor Juhasz and Jason Marin (all junior forwards) controlled the ice in Friday’s takedown of Bolton/Coventry/Rockville/RHAM (BCR). Vose had three goals and Juhasz two, while Marin dished out three assists.

South Windsor sophomore John Russo had an unforgettable night on Monday against Cheshire, scoring the game winner with 31 seconds in overtime to defeat Cheshire 4-3. Russo finished with three goals. On Saturday against Simsbury, sophomore teammate Max Caouette recorded 39 saves in a tough loss. Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks (SGWL) seniors Zach Martineau and Austin Rupp each contributed two assists to help defeat East Catholic on Monday.

Senior Nick Mayer had his usual excellent week for EO Smith/Tolland, earning two assists in Wednesday’s win against Hall/Southington and scoring twice in Saturday’s loss to Woodstock. East Catholic senior Brandon Lavriviere helped the Eagles rebound from their loss to SGWL by recording two assists and one goal in Saturday’s triumph over North Haven. The same day, senior Trevor Suydam scored twice for Glastonbury in a class loss to Farmington Valley. BCCR senior goalie Anthony Piazza earned another signature performance on Monday, making 31 saves to help beat NFA.


Senior guard Stephanie Karlins and sophomore forward Michelle Labonte helped South Windsor to thrilling wins against Manchester, Southington and East Hartford . Labonte was the star in Monday’s 54-52 takedown of Manchester, hitting the game-winning shot with 26 seconds left and finishing with 10 points and rebounds. Four days later at Southington Karlins stepped to the stage, scoring 24 to help the Bobcats win 60-57 in double overtime. She stayed on fire the next day against East Hartford, scoring 22 in the 49-47 triumph. Stephanie’s twin sister Alyssa, also a guard, scored 19 against Manchester. Sophomore JahKaya Butler scored 18 in the loss.

Somers junior guard Livia Nosel scored 23 to key Wednesday’s win against HMTCA. The same night, Ellington senior Shannon Maguire recorded 12 points and nine rebounds in a loss to Glastonbury.

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