Local roundup: T-More advances to Founder's Tournament title game
Montville — St. Thomas More reached the final of its own Founder's Tournament with a 75-54 men's basketball win over Knox Academy on Friday.
It was coach Jere Quinn's 996th career win.
D.J. Mitchell led the Chancellors with 20 points while Everrette Hammond had 16 points and four assists and Jared Garcia added eight points and 10 rebounds.
St. Thomas More will play Cheshire Academy, an 85-77 winner over Bridgton Academy, the championship game on Saturday at 3 p.m.
In other games:
• David Labossiere had 16 points and seven rebounds, but Connecticut College lost to Amherest 72-57 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
• Sami Ashton scored 13 points and Nancy Coulverson added seven points and nine rebounds in Connecticut College's 72-40 loss to top-ranked Amherst. Madeline Eck led Amherst (15-0, 2-0 NESCAC), the defending national champion, with 19 points and the Mammoths led 34-17 at halftime. Conn (9-4, 1-2) was playing without leading scorer Mairead Hynes due to an ankle injury. The Camels play at home again Saturday against NESCAC opponent Hamilton.
• Sophomore Ellie Branka scored her first collegiate goal to highlight Conn College's 3-0 win over Wesleyan in the NESCAC. Elena Gualtieri added a goal and an assist for the Camels (9-3-1, 6-1) while Kylie Wilkes added a goal and goalie Bailey Mertz earned the shutout with nine saves.
• Merrimack erupted for three goals in the third period to defeat UConn 3-0 in Hockey East. The Huskies (8-15-2, 5-10-1) were shut out for the third time in four games. Goalie Adam Huska made 35 saves for UConn, which was outshot 38-16.
• Ledyard went 2-0 during a home quad meet, defeating Conard 62-16 and Middletown 38-36, but losing to Guilford 37-31. J'mari Lowman (106, 113 pounds), Dennis Charles (145, 152) and Richard Mullaney (285) each went 3-0 for the Colonels (8-7).
• Fitch/Stonington/Ledyard/Norwich Tech opened its season with a 105-61 victory over Waterford in the Eastern Connecticut Conference. A.J. Murko won the 200-meter freestyle (2:16.74) and 100 backstroke (1:09.91) for the Falcons and John Marcolina captured the 200 individual medley (2:28.33) and 100 butterfly (1:04.34). Marcolina was also on two winning relay teams along with Joe Vignato and Chase Simao, who each captured an individual event — Vignato the 50 free (28.29) and Simao the 100 breaststroke (1:19.42). Jason Blain won the diving competition for the Lancers (0-2, 0-2) with 136.95 points.
• East Lyme swept a tri-meet at home defeating Haddam-Killingworth 97-81 and New London 97-36 in the ECC. Jack Mucciarone won two events for the Vikings (4-2, 2-0), the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.81) and 500 freestyle (5:09.00), while Robert Hahn won the 200 IM (2:15.65), Ben Prouty won the diving competition (206.95 points) and Mucciarone teamed up with Eain Goolsbey, Dennis Han and Eric Gu to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:41.51. New London, which didn't score against H-K, is 0-2, 0-2.
• Jeffery Ng and Jay Lin won two individual events as Norwich Free Academy remained unbeaten with a 101-80 ECC win over Windham/RHAM/Coventry. Ng won the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke while Lin captured the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle for the Wildcats (2-0), who also picked up individual wins from Wyatt Gordon (200 free) and Keith Johnson (100 free).
• NFA's Arihana Cohen won three individual events and captured all-around honors to lead NFA past Old Lyme 126.35-118.65. Cohen won the vault (8.5 points), bars (8.45) and beam (9.0) for the Wildcats (1-0) finishing with 34.65 in the all-around. Teammate Anna Cirello won the floor routine (8.8) and placed third in the all-around (32.35) while Maria Denya led Old Lyme by placing second in the all-around (33.15).
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