Top Performers of the Week: Basketball Players Lead Teams to Key Wins

Many boys basketball teams earned important wins on the week behind outstanding performances from multiple basketball players.

Enfield’s Jadon Archer (sophomore guard) and Kumar Brown (senior forward) helped the Eagles maintain their hot streak (6-7) against Rockville and Hall. Archer scored 22 points and added seven assists and five steals on Monday against RHS, and anchored Saturday’s overtime win by scoring 20 and grabbing eight rebounds. Brown dominated the inside against Hall with 17 points and 15 boards.

Manchester’s (7-7) terrific senior trio of Raekwan Canty, PJ Buccheri and Malik Cameron each had great games in Saturday’s blowout win against Conard. Canty recorded 14 points and rebounds and dished out six assists, Buccheri scored 18, and Cameron added 16.

East Catholic (11-1) juniors Will Pineo and Matt Veretto led the Eagles to wins against Simsbury and South Windsor on Tuesday and Friday. Pineo, a center, earned a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds in the first triumph, while Veretto, a guard, scored 21 in the second.

South Windsor (10-2) senior guard Shane Young averaged 31 points on the week against Bulkely and East Catholic. He drained in 35 on Wednesday and 27 in Friday’s tough loss. Freshman guard Kewan Smoot also played great against East Catholic, scoring 19.

On Wednesday, Tolland senior guard Andrew Jaworski had a typical great game with 14 points and 13 rebounds in a win against Farmington, while Ellington senior Ricardo Papa led the Knights to a triumph against Coventry by scoring 15. Rockville senior small forward Jake Cichon put up 21 points and 12 rebounds in Saturday’s tough loss to Southington.


Suffield’s senior guard duo of McKenzie Rusczyk and Kelly Carucci both played outstanding in Wednesday’s game against rival Somers. Rusczyk led the team with 22 points, and Carucci recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The following night, South Windsor senior guard Stephanie Karlins scored 21 and grabbed four steals, and sophomore forward Michelle Labonte scored 11 points and snatched nine rebounds to lead the Bobcats to an overtime win at Weaver. Enfield juniors Danielle Delano (big) and Mary Baskerville (guard) scored 18 and 16 points respectively in Friday’s tough loss to E.O Smith.

On Wednesday, Ellington senior Shannon Maguire and Glastonbury junior Aleigha Partee each scored 22 points for their teams in wins against Coventry and RHAM. Two days later, senior center Anna Barry helped RHAM get back on track with a career-high 18 points in a blowout win against Tolland. Tolland senior guard Sam Matteo scored 18 in Monday’s win against Bloomfield. East Catholic freshman Cam Pasqualoni put up 17 in a loss to Northwest Catholic Tuesday.


A quartet of Glastonbury players had excellent games in a win against South Windsor recon Wednesday. Senior Trevor Suydam led the way with three goals, and fellow senior Tanner Walker scored and had two assists. Junior Andrew Rousseau contributed two assists, and senior Griffin Jagel had another great night in goal with 25 saves. The same night, Enfield/East Granby/Stafford senior goalie Mason Holt made 28 saves in a tough loss to Tri-Town. On Saturday, East Catholic senior Colombo DiSalvatore scored twice to lead the Eagles to a win over South Windsor.

On the girls side, East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor senior Maddie Gervais scored twice to anchor Saturday’s impressive win against Mercy/Northwest Catholic.


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