Enfield Finishes Off Perfect Regular Season
Enfield was the No. 1 seed in the CIAC Class M state tournament after a 20-0 regular season. The Raiders won the NCCC championship for the third year in a row by sweeping three games and entered the state playoffs at 23-0.
The Raiders (25-0) have been led by Trachone Preston, Hugh Lindo and Paul Lima. Lindo was named MVP of the NCCC tournament.
Enfield beat No. 32 Rocky Hill 70-42 in a Class M first-round game on March 6, then defeated No. 16 Weston 75-64 on March 8 in the second round. The Raiders were scheduled to play their third straight Class M game in their gym against No. 9 Ledyard (17-5) on March 12 in a quarterfinal.
In 2010-11, Enfield as the No. 4 seed lost a semifinal to No. 1 Career Magnet, which lost the championship game.
Ellington (8-13) trailed by a point in the final minute of its Class M first-round game against No. 4 Watertown on March 6 but turned the ball over and was eliminated 56-51. The Knights, who were seeded 29th, lose seniors Josh McCoy, Roy Weys, Nick Salwa, Matt Lechkun and co-captains Jake Gagne and Mike Cleary.
“They trapped us in the half court at the end of the third quarter and into the fourth quarter and capitalized on some turnovers,” said Ellington coach Don Flint, whose team was up by 10 points in the third quarter.
Point guard Jon Bassett had an outstanding sophomore season, Flint said, and junior Matt Anderson averaged close to 15 points and 14 rebounds over the final six games. Junior forward Justin Dionne was averaging 10 points and 10 rebounds each when he injured his back and missed the final six games.
Glastonbury, seeded 20th, was eliminated in the first round of the Class LL tournament on March 6. The Tomahawks (12-10) lost to No. 13 Hamden 74-71. They were defeated by Manchester 65-55 in the first round of the CCC tournament on Feb. 23. The highlight of Glastonbury’s season was a five-game winning streak from Jan. 6 to Jan. 20. Seniors Jason Katz, John Flaherty, Sam Donato and Zach Stone will be graduating. Center Jordan Butler was named All-CCC North.
“We were an inexperienced team who learned on the fly,” coach James Vaughan said. “We showed stretches of being really good but were inconsistent in our execution. With 50-plus points per game returning next year, we have high hopes.” … Somers wound up 7-13 but won two of it last four games after a five-game losing streak. The Spartans will return eight letter-winners, losing only Josh Patsun and Jayce Haynes to graduation. … No. 12 Terryville eliminated No. 21 Stafford (10-11) from the Class S tournament in the first round 60-48 on March 5. … No. 22 East Windsor lost to No. 11 Haddam-Killingworth 64-37 in the first round in Class S on March 5, its first state tournament appearance since the 2007 state finals. The team was led in scoring by Kevin Mocadlo and Dajon Farley, who are sophomores.
In girls hoops, No. 26 Somers reached the quarterfinals of the Class S tournament, losing to No. 2 Capital Prep 80-46 on March 8. The Spartans upset No. 7 Windham Tech 68-57 in the first round on Feb. 28 and No. 10 Platt Tech 61-50 on March 2 in the second round. … Enfield wound up 3-17 and cross-town rival Fermi had a final record of 4-16. … Staffordconcluded 2011-12 with a 1-19 record, defeating Canton 38-31 on Jan. 13. … East Windsor was seeded 25th in Class S and stunned No. 8 Putnam 60-35 on Feb. 28 but two upsets in a row were not in the offing. East Windsor (11-11) lost to No. 9 Hyde Leadership 58-37 on March 2.