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New London — New London High School honored the accomplishments of former Whaler great Kris Dunn in a pre-game ceremony Thursday.
But the Whalers were in no mood to celebrate after losing to Hamden, 71-66, in a non-conference boys' basketball game.
New London (16-3) fell behind in the second quarter and never fully recovered. Hamden improved to 5-12.
"This is a bad loss," coach Craig Parker said. "We let this team come in here and basically from the middle of the second quarter on just outwork us."
The Whalers owned a 10-point lead (26-16) before Hamden took control with a 17-4 run and led 40-31 at intermission.
New London battled back to tie the game at 64 before fading. Hamden made its last four free throws - two apiece by Dylan Noble (19 points) and Blair Johnson (23 points) - to close out the upset.
Collin Sawyer led the Whalers with 16 points and Josh Maynard added 14 points.
In other games:
• Riley Sorrento scored 27 points, including four 3-pointers, as Stonington outlasted Montville 95-83 in the Eastern Connecticut Conference Medium Division. Amadi White added 22, Divante White 18 and Matt Donahue 16 for the Bears (3-16, 2-8) while Buddy Dewaine scored a game-high 27 points for the Indians (3-16, 2-8) and Chance Collier finished with 12.
• J'Quan Monroe had 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead Grasso Tech past Amistad, 53-43. The Eagles are 6-9.
• Wheeler lost a nonleague game to Parish Hill, 66-55. Mike Dellaporta scored 22 points and Troy Stefanski had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Wheeler (2-15).
H.S. girls' basketball
• Old Lyme finished its regular season with a 61-31 win over Portland in a Shoreline Conference game. Sloane Sweitzer had 18 points and Hannah Behringer scored 13 for Old Lyme (11-9), which is the No. 7 seed in the Shoreline tournament and plays at No. 2 Morgan in a quarterfinal Saturday at 7 p.m.
• Mary White scored 21 points to lead Windham to a 49-41 win over Wheeler, giving the Whippets a share of the ECC Small title with St. Bernard.
Lindsay Phaneuf had 16 points for Windham (10-10, 8-2). Jess Muller had 11 points and 12 rebounds, Kaite Morgan scored 14 and Kylie Baker had 12 rebounds for Wheeler (5-13, 2-7).
• Keith Porter scored 40 points to lead UConn-Avery Point to a 104-82 win over Gateway Community College. Malcolm Simmons, like Porter a former New London standout, had 25 points and 12 rebounds and Tyler Barnes had 19 points, five rebounds and seven assists for Avery Point (12-12).
• Dakota Williams won two events and was part of two winning relay teams as Fitch/St. Bernard beat Windham/RHAM/Coventry 89-78 in the ECC. Williams won the 100 freestyle (50.04) and the 50 freestyle in a personal-best time of 22.52. Will Ferguson and Sam Kokomoor also won events and Sean Estep, Aidan Ely, Kokomoor and Williams won two relays for Fitch (8-2, 8-2).
• Ledyard/Stonington beat NFA 95-75 in the ECC on Wednesday night. Collin Esquirol, Fred France and John Moody won events for Ledyard/Stonington (8-4, 7-4). Aidan Karam and Tyler Keith won two events each and Walker Cook also won an event for NFA (4-7, 3-7).
• Waterford High School will host the annual Eastern Connecticut Conference cheerleading championship competition on Saturday at 2 p.m. All 18 conference members are expected to participate and team champions will be crowned in the Large, Medium and Small divisions. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens and children under-10 will be admitted for free.