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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. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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