Local roundup: India Pagan competing for Puerto Rico in Pan Am Games
Lima, Peru — India Pagan, the former all-state senior at New London High School and a junior at Stony Brook University, is a member of the Puerto Rican national team for women's basketball currently competing at the Pan Am Games.
Puerto Rico is playing in Group A along with Brazil, Canada and Paraguay, while the United States, Colombia, the Virgin Islands and Argentina make up Group B. The top two teams from each pool advance to a single-elimination round.
Pagan, a 6-foot-1 sophomore forward who was named to the America East All-Tournament Team last season for Stony Brook, played 9 minutes, 59 seconds in Puerto Rico's Pan Am opener against Paraguay on Tuesday, finishing with four points, a rebound and a steal in a 91-73 victory. Pagan, 20, the youngest member of the team, was 4-for-4 from the free thow line.
Puerto Rico was scheduled to play Brazil at 9 p.m. Wednesday and Canada at 9 p.m. Thursday.
Pagan will then join the Puerto Rican team as it travels to China for the Four Nations Tournament from Aug. 11-20.
Pagan was Stony Brook's leading rebounder last season, starting 30 games and averaging 12.1 points and 6.0 rebounds as the Seawolves went 23-8.
• Eliezer Alfonzo drove in two runs as the Connecticut Tigers won their season-best fourth straight game, beating the Aberdeen IronBirds 3-2 Tuesday night in a New York-Penn League baseball game. Trailing 2-1, the Tigers (24-26) scored twice in the bottom of the seventh. Alfonzo singled home Jake Holton to tie the game and Jose King scored on a groundout by Eric De La Rosa to take the lead.
The Tigers tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth when Corey Joyce scored on a groundout for Alfonzo. Zac Shepherd (1-3) got the win with two scoreless inning in relief, allowing one hit with four strikeouts. Yaya Chentouf finished up to earn his third save.
• The Panera Pirates wrapped up the regular-season title in the Eastern Connecticut Major League with a 4-1 win over the Three Rivers Sonics on Tuesday night. Jeremy Sagun hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Ken Olszewski and winning pitcher Matt Spang had doubles for the Pirates. Quantique White went the distance for Three Rivers.
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"We're the loudest. We're the goofiest. We were the ones having fun," said New London resident India Pagan of the Puerto Rican women's basketball team, which won the bronze medal at the Pan Am Games earlier this month. "It's special, honestly."