Local roundup: Brennan scores 42 as Waterford wins season opener
Waterford — JJ Brennan scored a career-high 42 points as Waterford opened its 2018-19 boys' basketball season with a 79-67 non-conference victory over McMahon on Saturday afternoon.
Brennan also had eight steals for the Lancer's last season's Division III state champion, while Liam Spellman had a triple-double — 13 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists — while adding seven steals.
Ryan O'Connell added seven points and seven rebounds for Waterford, which led 38-29 at halftime.
In other games:
• Xavier Marquez's driving basket with 3.5 seconds left in the second overtime lifted Norwich Free Academy to a dramatic 67-65 road win over Xavier in the Wildcats' season opener. NFA trailed by 10 in the fourth quarter and tied the game on a 3-pointer by Mason Jackson with two seconds left in regulation. Jackson scored 21 points, including four 3-pointers, before fouling with in the second overtime while Nik Hay, who assisted on the game-winning shot, finished with 20 points (he made three 3-pointers) and Marquez finished with 16.
• Jabari Jones had a double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds) as New London won its first game with a 68-51 victory over Windham. Freshman Tayeshawn Cunningham-Pembert added 11 points, six assists and five steals while another freshman, Camaree Williams, finished with five points 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots for the Whalers (1-1), and Noah James wound up with 19 points and four steals. Isaiah English scored 18 points forWindham.
• Stonington opened its season with a 74-21 win over Tourtellotte. Marquis Jackson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Zach Scott had 13 points and five rebounds and RJ Parrilla had 10 points and five rebounds for Stonington.
• Ken Turner scored a career-high 27 points and added 11 rebounds, but Ledyard fell just short in its opener, losing a non-conference game on the road to Newtown, 68-65. Jaiden Bickham added 18 for the Colonels while Omar Whitmore finished with 12.
• Tyshawn Jackson had 23 points and seven rebounds as Prince Tech defeated St. Bernard 68-55 in the Spirit of Doc Hurley Classic at Trinity College. The Saints are 1-1.
• Yamani McCollough scored 21 of her game-high 25 points in the second half as Notre Dame of Fairfield rallied for a 59-51 non-conference win over East Lyme. Notre Dame, playing its season opener, trailed 28-25 at the half but outscored the Vikings 34-23 in the final 16 minutes. Sophie Dubreuil led East Lyme (0-2) with 19 points and Megan Bauman added 16.
• Stonington improved to 3-0 on the young season with a 61-34 victory over Exeter-West Greenwich (R.I.). Sofia Bell had a double-double to lead the Bears (14 points, 10 rebounds) while Miranda Arruda added 10 points, Zoe Ribeiro had nine points, Aliza Bell finished with eight points and 10 rebounds, and Kate Johnson had eight points and six rebounds.
• Old Lyme lost to Cromwell in a Shoreline Conference game, 56-32. Sophomore Emily DeRoehn led Old Lyme (1-2, 1-2) with nine points. Vanessa Stolstajner scored 12 points for Cromwell (0-1, 0-1).
• Domenico Santiago scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds as Mitchell College beat Anna Maria 74-60 in a nonleague game. Steffen Brunson had 11 points and five assists and Waterford's Landon Peabody came off the bench with 11 points and five rebounds for Mitchell (5-3).
• Mitchell had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 61-53 nonleague loss to Wentworth. Kelsey Hernandez had 17 points and seven rebounds and Amina Wiley had 11 points and eight rebounds for Mitchell (5-4). Ledyard's Francesca Matira came off the bench to score seven points for Wentworth (1-10).
• Ledyard picked up a pair of wins in foil, edging East Lyme and St. Bernard each 5-4. St. Bernard, led by Josh Terry at 6-0 with plus-16 points, beat East Lyme 6-3. Each team was 1-1 in epee, East Lyme beat St. Bernard 5-4, Ledyard beat East Lyme 5-4 and St. Bernard beat Ledyard 5-4.
• East Lyme won twice in foil, beating Ledyard 6-3 and St. Bernard 8-1. St. Bernard beat Ledyard 5-4. In epee, St. Bernard beat Ledyard 7-2 and East Lyme 5-4. East Lyme beat Ledyard 5-4.
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