Local roundup: New London boys win CIAC Division II opener
New London — Fifty miles (and different conferences) separate New London High School and New Britain, yet their boys’ basketball teams are headed for Round 3 in their season series.
Gio Lopez had 10 points and 14 rebounds as 10th-seeded New London defeated No. 23 Cheshire 54-42 in the first round of the CIAC Division II tournament at Conway Gym.
The Whalers (16-7) will play at No. 7 New Britain (17-6) in Thursday’s second round at 7 p.m.
New London beat the Golden Hurricanes twice during the regular season, 56-41 (Jan. 6) and 53-52 (Jan. 15) in their non-league home-and-home series.
New Britain beat No. 26 New Milford, 66-48, in the first round.
Isaiah Benson had 12 points and 11 rebounds, 10 of which were offensive, for the Whalers and Jalen Benson scored 12 points. Elijah Parker added 10 rebounds.
Aidan Godfrey scored 10 for the Rams (11-10).
In other state tournament news:
• The threat of inclement weather led Waterford and Old Lyme officials to postpone second round games on Wednesdsay night.
Second-seeded Waterford, the Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament champion, will now host No. 15 Farmington on Thursday in Division III at 7 p.m.
Fifth-seeded Old Lyme will host No. 21 Capital Prep in a Division V game on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fourth-seeded East Lyme’s Division III second-round home game against No. 13 Bunnell is still scheduled to be played Wednesday at 7 p.m.
• Anthony Wyler scored with 32 seconds remaining in sudden death overtime as Coast Guard Academy stunned Wesleyan, the nation's second-ranked team in Division III, 10-9 in New London. Wyler finished with three goals and one assist for the Bears (3-0) while Riley McNulty led the offense with four goals and one assist. Wesleyan (1-1) outshot Coast Guard 39-29, but goalie Trey Johnson made 11 saves for the Bears.
• A pair of former ECC stars were named to NJCAA Division III Region 21 All-Region first team. Stonington's Tatyana LaFrance Boyce, who led UConn-Avery Point to the regional title and a trip to the national tournament next week, was joined by former New London star Charee Osborne of Roxbury Community College. Both players were first-team picks for the second straight year.
LaFrance Boyce averaged 22.4 points (tops in the region) with 9.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Osborne averaged 13.8 points and 10.3 rebounds while shooting 51.8 percent the floor. LaFrance Boyce was joined on first team by teammate Meagan Bianchi, who averaged 10.7 and 7.7 assists per game. The Pointers' Mia Brennan, a freshman from Waterford, and forward Egypt Santos were named to the second team while George Hardison was named Coach of the Year.
• Connecticut College will be sending seven swimmers and Coast Guard four to the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis from March 21-24.
Conn sophomore Mary Erb, junior Danielle Fergus, freshman Maddie Ford, sophomore Lily Gribbel, junior Olivia Haskell, senior Juliette Lee and junior Maeve Wilbur will be part of the 200 medley, 400 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams for the Camels. Erb, Gibble, Lee and Wilbur will swim the 200 medley relay while Fergus, Gribbel, Haskell and Lee will take part on the 200 free relay and Erb, Fergus, Ford and Gribbel will race in the 400 medley relay. In addition, Erb is the defending champion in the 200 breaststroke while Wilbur qualified individually in the 100 backstroke, 200 IM and 400 IM, and Gribbel will compete in the 50 free.
Coast Guard, meanwhile, will bring its 800 freestyle relay team of freshman Emily Benson, junior Kristen Young, freshman Sarah Passilla and junior Christine McCulla. That same group will also compete in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays while Benson will swim in the 1,650 freestyle.
• Coast Guard will send six swimmers and Conn College four to the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship on March 21-24 in Indianapolis.
CGA freshman Eric Fuhs qualified in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and will also swim in the 200 IM while sophomore Joe Rodriguez will compete in the 50 and 100 freestyles. Also for the Bears, junior Patrick Jackson, junior Chasse Sodemann, senior Ross Garrett and Rodriguez will compete in the 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay and possibly the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Sodemann will also compete in the 100 breaststroke, where he earned All-American honors a year ago, while Jackson will swim in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, and junior Taylor Rowe qualified in the 1,650 freestyle.
For Conn, freshman Charlie Adl, senior Drake Freiberg, sophomore Kaison Ifill and senior George Tilneac qualified in the 200 freestyle relay while Ifill will compete in the 100 butterfly, 50 free and 100 free, and Freiberg will swim in the 200 breaststroke and 50 free.
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