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Strong fourth quarter effort lifts Classical to first NCCC Tournament title

Head coach Reggie Tucker and his Gladiators won the NCCC Tournament title for the first time Saturday night with a win over Granby.

GRANBY, March 3 – Classical Magnet’s three All-NCCC basketball players Tyreice Woods, Robert Simmons and Danny Campbell combined to score 41 of the Gladiators’ 50 points as Classical won their first-ever NCCC basketball tournament Saturday night with a 50-47 victory over Granby.

Down by three after three quarters, the visiting Gladiators scored 20 points in the decisive fourth quarter to earn the championship. Woods led No. 5 Hartford Classical (17-6) with 15 points while Simmons and Campbell had 13 points each.

It was Classical’s second consecutive visit to the NCCC Tournament final. The Bears were looking for their first tournament pennant since 2006.

No. 3 seed Granby (15-8) was led by All-NCCC forward James Shelansky with a game-high 23 points, three 3-point shots and 10 rebounds. Jonathan Bystrowski added 14 points, five assists and a pair of three-point shots for the Bears.

Hartford Classical 50, Granby 47
At Granby
Classical (50): Tyreice Woods 6 2 15, Robert Simmons 5 3 13, Danny Campbell 3 7 13, Dahsan King 3 0 6, Justice Carter 1 0 3. Totals 18 12 50
Granby (47): Jonathan Bystrowski 6 0 14, Kaleb Lillestolen 0 1 1, Peyton Large 1 0 2, James Shelansky 10 0 23, Logan Disabella 3 0 7. Totals 20 1 47
Hartford Classical (17-6)          11  11    8  20  — 50
Granby (15-8)                             10  12  11  14  — 47
Three-point goals: Woods (HC), Carter (HC), Bystrowski (G) 2, Shelansky (G) 3, Disabella (G)

NCCC boys basketball final standings 2018

Team NCCC Overall
x-Canton 14-2 17-3
x-SMSA 14-2 15-5
Granby 12-4 13-7
Rockville 12-4 13-7
y-Classical 12-4 14-6
Windsor Locks  10-6 14-6
Ellington 8-8 10-10
East Windsor 8-8 11-9
HMTCA 7-9 9-11
Somers 7-9 10-10
Bolton 5-11 9-11
Suffield  6-10 7-13
Coventry 5-11 6-14
East Granby 1-15 2-18
Stafford 0-16 0-20
x-shared league championship
y-won league tournament

 

2018 NCCC boys basketball tournament
First round
Wednesday, Feb. 21
Game 1: (9) HMTCA 73, (8) East Windsor 69
Game 2: (7) Ellington 53, (10) Somers 45
Game 3: (11) Bolton 58, (6) Windsor Locks 53

Quarterfinals
Friday, Feb. 23
(1) Canton 55, HMTCA 43
(5) Hartford Classical 68, (4) Rockville 64, OT
(3) Granby 36, Bolton 33
(2) SMSA 75, (7) Ellington 73

Semifinals
Wednesday, February 28
Hartford Classical 61, Canton 56
Granby 51, SMSA 43, OT

Championship
Saturday, March 3
Hartford Classical 50, Granby 47

 

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