Bristol Central advances to CCC Championship game with win over Windsor

Published on Tuesday, 1 March 2022 22:22
Written by MATT HORNICK

@MNHornick

ENFIELD ― Windsor scored 11 points in each of the first three quarters to keep close to Bristol Central in the semifinals of the Central Connecticut Conference Boys Basketball Tournament, but added just four points in the final period as Central punched its ticket to the conference title game.

Leading 37-33 after three quarters, the Rams outscored the Warriors 19-4 in the fourth quarter Tuesday night, securing their 38th win in a row over the past two seasons and earning the chance to defend their reigning CCC Championship. The top-seeded team in the tournament, they will face second-seeded Northwest Catholic at 7 p.m. on Thursday back at Enfield High School.

13 fourth-quarter points from senior center Donovan Clingan sparked Central’s run at the end of the game. He finished with 28 points, despite being shutout in the third quarter, and moved up to 20th on Connecticut’s all-time scoring list for boys basketball.

“We just adjusted to their defense and how they were playing us and played our game,” Clingan said. “We finished layups and did what we had to do to win and came out with a victory.”

The Rams played a slower-paced style to dispatch the high-scoring Warriors, who finished with 28 fewer points than they scored in another game this season. They beat Windsor 83-67 in the regular season, but improved their defensive performance this time to shut down the Warriors’ offense.

“We knew they were going to change it up [defensively],” Central head coach Tim Barrette said. “We missed a couple of bunnies early and we were two of eight from the [foul] line in the first half. If we had done a better job in the first half we should’ve been up 15 at halftime. With that being said, I can’t be prouder to hold a Windsor team to 37 points.”

Reentering the game with three fouls and a four-point lead, Clingan quickly made up for his scoreless third quarter. His first four points elevated his position on the all-time scoring list, and from there he added nine more points to the as Central built a lead in conjunction with its lockdown defense.

Windsor Sophomore Tyler Betsey entered the final quarter with 20 points and finished the game with the same amount after the Rams slowed the game to a pace that kept the Warriors off balance.

“Our main goal in this game was to play defense and against a good team like that we have to play good defense to come out with a win,” Glasper said.

Clingan’s only time on the bench came in the third quarter after slight contact with an opposing shooter earned him his third foul. He did not score before leaving the game late in the period, but his defense prevented the impending run from Windsor that came once he sat.

Glasper continued finding open threes in the first quarter and made three of them to grab an early nine points. Clingan scored five points early despite being heavily double-teamed throughout the game, even when he didn’t have the ball, which gave the surrounding Central players open looks on the outside.

Clingan started converting his opportunities in the second quarter, entering halftime with 15 points while the Rams added to their lead. He and Damian Glasper combined for 25 of their team’s 30 points in the first half, with Steven Alseph being the only other player to score.

Betsey was the only Windsor player to score consistently in the first half, hitting a triple in each quarter to have 14 points after two quarters. Clingan’s presence inside challenged the Warriors to score from the outside or make difficult shots near the basket, but that did not work well as he finished with six blocks.

Matt Hornick can be reached at (860) 973-1811 or mhornick@bristolpress.com.

BRISTOL CENTRAL 57, WINDSOR 37

At Enfield

Bristol Central 14 16 8 19 - 57

Windsor     11 11 11 4 - 37

BRISTOL CENTRAL: Donovan Clingan 12-3-28, Victor Rosa 1-0-2, Carson Rivoira 2-0-4, Damian Glasper 5-1-14, Steven Alseph 4-0-9.. Totals 24-4-57.

WINDSOR: Tyler Betsey 9-0-20, Rashawn Tibby 1-0-2, Prince Samuel 0-2-2, Raymond Rodriguez 2-0-4, Quintin Floyd 2-2-7, Johnny Pierce 1-0-2. Totals 15-4-37.

Three-point goals: Glasper (BC) 3, Betsey (W) 2, Alspeh (BC), Floyd (W).

Records: Bristol Central 23-0, Windsor 18-4.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central on Tuesday, 1 March 2022 22:22. Updated: Tuesday, 1 March 2022 22:24.