Windsor Wins Tournament Title With Big First Half
Windsor put up 51 points in the first half to take a 22 point lead then held on in the final period to hand East Catholic its first loss of the season and claim the 2019 CCC Boys Basketball championship with an 87-85 victory before a packed house at Bulkeley High School. The Warriors had lost to East Catholic in the regular season, but took command early in the championship game behind Amir Spears who hit four three poihters and had 23 points in the first half to lead WIndsor to a 51-29 halftime edge.
East Catholic came roaring back in the final period with a 30-point fourth quarter to pull to within one with just under two minutes left, but the rally fell just short as the Eagles were unable to get a last ditch shot off in the final second.
Spears finished with a game-high 41 points including two big jump shots to put the Warriors up by five after East Catholic had cut it to one. He had 12 points in the final period. Joe Reilly and Jaylin Hunter had big fourth quarters for the Eagles. Hunter had a team high 29 points including 11 in the final period while Reilly came up wih some big three-pointers and scored 13 in the final period.
Windsor won the tournament for the first time since 2013 and snapped East Catholic's string of three straight titles. It was the eighth tournament title all time for the Warriors, most for any team in the CCC. Windsor advanced to the championship with wins over Maloney and Manchester in the opening rounds and a tough victory over Glastonbury in the semi finals. East Catholic beat Platt and Berlin in the early rounds and survived a scare from Farmington in the semis to reach the championship game. The Eagles dropped to 23-1 with the loss while Windsor improved to 21-3.
Finals Thursday, 7 pm at Bulkeley Hogh School
#2 Windsor 87, #1 East Catholic 85
Semi Finals Tuesday, February 26 at Bulkeley High School
Farmington 58, East Catholic 64
Glastonbury 68, Windsor 73
Second Round Matchups for Saturday, February 23rd at Bulkeley
Simsbury 40, Glastonbury 51
Manchester 71, Windsor 86
Berlin 52, East Catholic 99
Farmington 51, New Britain 48
First Round matchups scheduled for Thursday, February 21st.
#1 East Catholic 85, #16 Platt 49
#2 Windsor 94, #15 Maloney 66
#3 Glastonbury 58, #14 Tolland 43
#4 New Britain 63, #13 Enfield 52
#5 Farmington 71, #12 Hall 44
#6 East Hartford 52, #11 Simsbury 63
#7 Manchester hosts 59, Newington 52
#8 Southington 50, #9 Berlin 56
#1 East Catholic (16-0)
#2 Windsor (15-1)
#3 Glastonbury (14-2) *defeats NBHS in tiebreaker #2 (Divisional Crossover Record)
#4 New Britain (14-2)
#5 Farmington (13-3)
#6 East Hartford (12-4) *defeats Manchester in tiebreaker #1 (Head to Head)
#7 Manchester (12-4)
#8 Southington (11-5) *defeats Berlin in tiebreaker #2 (Divisional Crossover Record)
#9 Berlin (11-5)
#10 Newington (10-6) *defeats Simsbury in tiebreaker #1 (Head to Head)
#11 Simsbury (10-6)
#12 Hall (9-7)
#13 Enfield (8-8) * defeats Platt, Maloney and Tolland in tiebreaker #3 (By-Lot)
#14 Tolland (8-8) *defeats Platt and Maloney in tiebreaker #2 (Divisional Crossover Record)
#15 Maloney (8-8) *defeats Platt in tiebreaker #1 (Head to Head)
#16 Platt (8-8)