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Canton wins 2nd straight game; Avon falls to Ellington; Generals prevail in OT

CP basketball graphicCANTON, Dec. 23 – Junior Cameron Lange scored 17 points while junior Jake Schaetzel added 14 to lead the Canton High boys basketball team to their second straight win with a 59-51 decision over Windsor Locks on Tuesday night. The visiting Raiders led by three at halftime, 21-18, but Canton turned things around in the third quarter with defense and used a 21-9 run to seize control of the contest. 

The Warriors host East Lyme on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the first game of a doubleheader at the high school. The Canton girls host Granby at 7 p.m. 

Canton 59, Windsor Locks 51
At Canton
Windsor Locks (1-3) Reed Lynch 3-2-8, James Velt 3-0-7, Brian Cooper 1-3-6, Hector Martinez 7-6-21, Caavon George 1-0-2, Connor Welch 1-0-2, Travis Kupec 2-0-4. Totals 18-13-51
Canton (2-1) Rieley Hoffman 1-4-6, Ben Sullivan 5-0-12, Jake Schaetzel 5-4-14, Cam Daley 3-2-8, Cameron Lange 4-9-17, Kevin Gurry 0-2-2. Totals 16-21-59
Windsor Locks               10  11  9  21 – 51
Canton                           10   8  21  20 – 59
Three-point goals: Sullivan (C) 2, Lange (C), Velt (W), Cooper (W), Martinez (W) 

Ellington 61, Avon 59
ELLINGTON, Dec. 23 – Jack Connelly scored a game-high 29 points as Ellington handed Avon its first loss of the season in a 61-59 victory on Tuesday night. The Purple Knights erased a four-point halftime lead with a strong third quarter effort. Seven 3-point goals by the Knights didn’t hurt either. Nate Laszewski led Avon with 26 points, including four 3-point goals. Alex Zacchio and Zach Stirling added 14 points each. 

Avon hits the court again on Monday when they host valley rival Farmington at 7 p.m.

Ellington 61, Avon 59
At Ellington
Avon (1-1) Bryan Lachance 1-0-3, Alex Zacchio 5-4-14, Cole Thompson 1-0-2, Zach Stirling 5-4-14, Nate Laszewski 7-9-26, Tim Patton 3-0-7. Totals 20-14-59
Ellington (2-2) Bailey Bassett 8-0-19, Micah Fox 3-0-7, Mark Hickman 1-0-2, Dan Hayes 2-0-4, Jack Connelly 6-14-29. Totals 20-14-61
Avon                                 11  23  9  16 – 59
Ellington                           13  17  14  17 – 61
Three-point goals: Lachance (A), Laszewski (A) 3, Patton (A); Bassett (El) 3, Fox (El), Connelly (El) 3 

HOCKEY
Farmington Valley 1, Hall/Southington 0, OT
AVON, Dec. 23 – Andrew Arena scored in overtime to lift the Farmington Valley co-op hockey team (Farmington/Avon/Windsor) to a thrilling 1-0 win over the Hall/Southington co-op team before a rowdy crowd Tuesday night at Avon Old Farms. Arena scored his first career goal off a rebound of a shot from Michael Arciero with 4:47 remaining in OT. 

Connor Adams made 21 saves in net for the Generals (2-1) to earn the victory. Farmington Valley peppered Hall/Southington goalie Eric Bender with 44 shots and he stopped 43.

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.

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