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Ellington hands Avon boys their first loss in NCCC; Canton stumbles

CP basketball graphicELLINGTON, Feb. 5 – Well, that takes a little of the luster off Friday night’s game in Granby. The Avon High boys basketball team was on a collision path with Granby. Each teams had won their first 10 games in the NCCC and it looked like first place would be on the line in Friday’s contest.

First place may still be on the line but the game won’t be between two teams undefeated in the NCCC. The Falcons allowed a season-high 78 points in a 78-61 loss on Tuesday night to Ellington. The loss snaps a five-game winning streak for Avon, who slips to 13-3 overall and 10-1 in the league. Granby (14-1, 11-0) beat Stafford, 67-52 on Tuesday night.

The game got away from the Falcons in the second quarter when Ellington outscored Avon by a 22-8 score. It was just the third time this year that Avon was held to single digits in a quarter and the Falcons lost all three games.

Sean Herrmann and Brandon Feinberg each had 15 points to lead the Falcons. Herrmann drained five 3-point shots. Ryan Marioni scored 12 points. For Ellington (10-6), Matt Anderson had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Justin Dionne had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jon Bassett, who had only five points in a 97-50 rout of Ellington in January, led all scorers with 28 points.

Coventry 49, Canton 39
COVENTRY, Feb. 5 – The Canton High boys basketball team is beginning to run out of games. The Warriors lost for the sixth time in the last seven games with a 49-39 loss to Coventry on Tuesday night.

Canton (5-10, 3-9 NCCC) needs to win three of its final five games to earn a spot in the Class S tournament. The Warriors had an eight-point lead after one quarter, 12-4 but faded in the second quarter as the visiting Patriots outscored Canton by 16 points, 23-6 to seize control of the contest.

Sophomore Cameron Daley led the Warriors with 18 points but he didn’t get too much help. Patrick Sullivan scored seven while Tyler Lange chipped with six. For Coventry (13-3), Tommy Myers had 20 points and 20 rebounds.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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