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    Friday, June 21, 2024

    Local roundup: Sun top Sky on Saturday to remain unbeaten

    Chicago — Connecticut's DeWanna Bonner scored 19 points and teammate Alyssa Thomas was ejected after hitting Chicago's Angel Reese in the neck in the Sun's 86-82 win on Saturday night.

    DiJonai Carrington and Brionna Jones each scored 16 points and Ty Harris added 15 for the Sun (5-0), who remain the only unbeaten team in the WNBA.

    Thomas was ejected for a flagrant foul 2 late in the third quarter after wrapping her hand around Reese's neck and knocking the rookie to the ground. Reese made the two foul shots with 3:41 left the period to give Chicago a 60-59 lead. Carrington countered with a layup 38 seconds later.

    Bonner's 3-pointer with 7:03 remaining made it 78-71 before Chicago went on an 8-0 run and Dana Evans' 3-pointer with 5:03 left gave the Sky their last lead at 79-78. Bonner followed with a three-point play and a mid-range jumper and Connecticut led the rest of the way.

    Marina Mabrey scored 23 points for Chicago (2-2) and Evans had 13. Reese, the No. 7 pick in the draft, finished with 13 points and five rebounds. Thomas left the game with nine points, six assists and six rebounds.


    • Anthony Flannery took the lead from Kyle James on a restart and went on to win the 35-lap SK Modifieds race at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night. James finished second and Jonathan Puleo finished third.

    Jason Palmer outdueled Brody Monahan to win the Late Models race, Tyler Chapman pulled away from the field early and won the Trucks race for the third straight time and Christopher Garside held off John Bavolacco to win the Mini Stocks race.

    Other winners included PJ Evans (Legend Cars), Ryan Lineham (Street Stocks), Paul Scally (NEMA) and Dylan Coutu (NEMA Lites).


    • The defending Futures League champion Norwich Sea Unicorns improved to 2-1 with a 3-1 win over the Worcester Bravehearts. Alex Irizarry (Quinnipiac), Brennan Hyde (Nichols) and Izaiah Walker (Southern Connecticut) each had a hit and drove in a run for Norwich.

    The Sea Unicorns opened the season with a 10-5 come-from-behind victory Thursday against the New Britain Bees before falling 4-3 in their home-opener Saturday against the Futures League Road Warriors.

    On Thursday, Norwich scored three in the seventh inning and three more in the ninth to break the game open. Five different players had multi-hit games for the Sea Unicorns, led by Nick Tomasetto (Rutgers) and Irizarry with three hits each. Tomasetto finished with two doubles and two RBI. The Norwich bullpen tossed six scoreless innings, with Giovanni Conte (UConn) earning the victory, allowing one hit over 2.2 innings, and Tiernan Powers (Eastern Connecticut) had the save.

    Irizarry had two hits in Saturday’s loss and Antonio Ducatelli (Central Connecticut) doubled. Starting pitcher Justin Marks (Eastern Connecticut) pitched five innings, allowing one run on three hits, striking out eight.

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