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Waterford — Waterford High School outscored Northwestern Regional 15-8 in the second quarter and held on to win 58-48 on Thursday night in the second round of the CIAC Class M boys' basketball tournament.
The seventh-seeded Lancers (17-7) play at No. 2 Notre Dame of Fairfield in the quarterfinals on Monday. Notre Dame rallied from an early nine-point deficit to defeat No. 18 Plainfield 68-56.
Danny Martin led Waterford with 12 points, Kyle McComic scored 11, Kevin Johnson scored 10, Connor Lewis had 11 rebounds and Donny Craig had seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals for the Lancers.
"We were good in spurts, but didn't play a complete 32 minutes," Waterford coach Greg Gwudz said. "We have to be a lot better on Monday."
That said, Gwudz was thrilled that his young team was able to experience a pair of state tournament games at home.
"There's nothing better than opening the state tournament at your own place," he said. "That was big for us because our crowd is amazing. It was good that we took care of business at home, but now we're excited about about next week and going on the road."
In other games:
• Shaquan Bretoux scored 20 points and second-seeded Bridgeport Central made nine 3-pointers on the way to an easy 90-42 victory over No. 15 Norwich Free Academy in the Class LL second round.
Sha'Quan Bretoux scored 24 for the Hilltoppers (24-1), the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference this season.
Mike Ryan led the Eastern Connecticut Conference champion Wildcats, who finish 19-7, with 15 points and Marcus Outlow added 14.
• Rose Zimmerman had 16 points to pace No. 4 Bolton to a 47-41 win over No. 5 St. Bernard in a Class S quarterfinal. Caitlyn Dittman had 18 points for the Saints, who finish 19-7, and Casey Sullivan added 17 points.
"We played horribly in the first half and got down 10," St. Bernard coach Mike Nystrom said. "We actually had a chance to take the lead in the third, but missed a fast break layup. We had cut it to one and missed that layup, then they came down and scored. We had them on the ropes."
• Mitchell Ryan of East Lyme finished third in the Class M state diving championship. Ryan, the Eastern Connecticut Conference champion, scored 344.90 points. Kevin Sullivan of East Lyme, second at the ECC meet, was seventh with 289.45. Tianyi Zeng of Hand won with 544.15.
• Doug Domnarski came one out away from pitching a no-hitter in his collegiate debut as UConn-Avery Point opened its season with a doubleheader sweep of the Ontario Blue Jays at Vero Beach, Fla. Avery Point won the opener 8-1 and, behind Domnarski, the second game 5-0. Domnarski, the former Stonington standout, pitched a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts and no walks.
Zach Albin won the opener, allowing four hits and a run over five innings. Nick DeLotto had three hits, three RBI and scored twice and Nick Perrelli had a three-run double in the first game. In the second game, Andrew Hinckley had a three-run triple and a sacrifice fly and Kyle Hart and Joel Acosta had two hits each for Avery Point.
• Connecticut College won five of the six singles matches en route to a 7-2 win over Guilford College at Greensboro, N.C. JC Cangelosi, Jonathan Deeter, Jonathan Kraiger, Jonathan Sokolsky and Doug Butturin won their matches for the Camels (2-0). The doubles teams of Josh Suneby-Cangelosi and Deeter-Kraiger also won.
Women's water polo
• Conn College lost its season opener, falling to Brown 15-12. Nicky Jasbon scored four goals with two steals, Isabelle Baneux had three goals and Kate Jacobson and Kelsey Millward (four steals) had two goals and two assists each for Conn.