New London's Pagan becomes bronze medal-winner at Pan Am Games
Lima, Peru — New London High School graduate India Pagan became Pan American Games bronze medalist India Pagan on Saturday night as the Puerto Rican women's basketball national team defeated Colombia 66-55 to finish third in the tournament.
Pagan finished with two points, three rebounds (two offensive rebounds) and three steals in 14 minutes.
Pagan, 20, a former Class LL all-state selection who helped New London win the 2017 state girls' basketball championship and a rising junior on the women's team at Stony Brook University, is the youngest member of the team. Pagan was The Day's All-Area Girls' Basketball Player of the Year following the 2017 season.
Puerto Rico went 2-1 in Group A during the preliminary round of the tournament to advance to the elimination round, which began Friday. Puerto Rico lost to the United States in Friday's semifinals 62-59, putting them in the bronze medal game.
The U.S. faced Brazil for the gold medal late Saturday night.
Pagan's best showing in the tournament game in a 64-58 loss to Brazil during the preliminary round, finishing with a team-high seven rebounds.
A 6-foot-1 forward, Pagan will continue her stint with the Puerto Rican national team as it travels to China for the Four Nations Tournament from Aug. 11-20.
• Corey Joyce had two hits and drove in two runs as the Connecticut Tigers beat the Brooklyn Cyclones 5-2 in a New York-Penn League baseball game. Kona Quiggle hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and Nick Quintana was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored for the Tigers (26-28). Starting pitcher Carson Lance (3-2) got the win, allowing four hits and two runs over five innings. Kyle Thomas pitched three scoreless innings for a hold and Yaya Chentouf pitched a hitless ninth for his fourth save.
In Friday's game, the Cyclones scored seven runs in the eighth inning to beat the Tigers 12-1 for Connecticut's worst loss of the season. Quiggle went 2-for-4 with the lone RBI for the Tigers.
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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."