By Jane Rumley, Ali Fitzpatrick and Danielle Elliott
#5 ranked Wethersfield boys basketball will face #11 Southington for the second time in the first round of the CCC tournament.
After an amazing win over the Knights last time in double overtime, Wethersfield not only had home court advantage but also knew how they played and their key players that needed to be guarded.
Going in to the game everyone knew it would be a good game but we didn’t know how good it would actually be. As the ball
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is thrown up at the whistle the Eagles win the tip to start the game. The first shot of the game is by Mozzicato who is on his way to 1,000 points, coming down to the last couple of games in his high school career. The shot was no good giving the ball to Southington who immediately hit a three pointer followed by a layup directly after.
Down 0-5 with 2 minutes gone by, Connor Pace, the sophomore starter powers his way through a Southington player to make a layup, drawing the Knights first foul, giving Wethersfield its first points. As the minutes tick by in the first quarter the game goes back and forth with Mozzicato, Pace, and Tenney, adding two points each as the Knights continue adding to there already lead, making the score at the end of the first 9-11 Southington.
Wethersfield inbounds the ball, starting the second quarter before shortly losing the ball and giving it to Southington. Tenney rebounds the shot taking it down the court to give it to Sullivan to tie the game with 5:45 left in the half. Shortly after, Sullivan misses a three and Southington capitalizes on it and hits a three right after.
With that Southington calls a time out and Fanelli, the head coach of the boys, puts in Matt Amoddio and takes out Conor. Southington hits a jumper but Tenney hits a three pointer soon after.
At the end of the half the score is 15-19.
With a bunch of blocks and points scored both ways it’s a very back and forth game at the end of the third with the Eagles shortening the gap by 2, making the score 23-25. Certainly not the highest scoring game.
With the fourth quarter under way everyone could do nothing but hope the Eagles would pull off this win. Noel hit a three which put Wethersfield ahead for the first time all game, instilling more hope of a win into every fans mind. Unfortunately Southington didn’t allow that to happen. They came back with 4 points putting them up again and now down by 1.
The Eagles lost 35-30.
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