NEW BRITAIN - Free baskets can be costly.
That was the case for the New Britain boys basketball team Saturday against Avon.
The Falcons hit 17, the Hurricanes five, which proved to be the ultimate difference as New Britain fell 66-55 to suffer its first loss of the season.
Jack Hall led Avon with a game-high 27 points, while Tyler Brokenshire and Will Soucier added 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Tyler Nolan, Xavier Goode and Justice Carter led the Hurricanes with 14, 12 and 10 points. All 12 of Goode’s points came off 3-pointers.
The Flacons jumped out to a quick start in the first quarter, forcing New Britain to play catch up, but the Hurricanes went into the halftime break down just 29-27 thanks to a 19-point second period.
New Britain took a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Avon outscored the Hurricanes 23-11 over the final eight minutes.
Bristol Eastern 59, Southington 49: The Lancers were able to even their record at 2-2 thanks to a team effort in scoring, a strong start and a strong finish.
Bristol Eastern had four players finish in double-figures. Elijah Parent scored a team-high 13 points, while Josh Kolano added 12 points, and Trini Otero and Jack Stavens scored 11 points each. All of Stavens points came in the fourth quarter.
Southington’s Dylan Olson led all scorers with a game-high 20 points, including 16 in the second half.
The Lancers took an early 21-8 lead at the end of the first quarter with Parent, Otero and Kolano each scoring five points. By halftime, Bristol Eastern’s lead increased to 29-17.
The Blue Knights (1-3) made a strong push in the third quarter, outscoring the Lancers 18-9, but Bristol Eastern by seven in the final eight minutes.
Southington 92, Avon 86: The Blue Knights once again used a number of strong performances, especially from double winners, to earn its second victory of the season.
Southington took all three relays with the 200 medley team of Jackson Malsheske, Brett Sheldrick, Matt Niro and Peter Zalewski winning in a time of 1:46.94; the 200 freestyle team of Sheldrick, Landon Colby, Alex LeClair and Peter Zalewski placing in a time of 1:40.64; and the 400 freestyle relay team of Colby, LeClair, Niro and Malsheske took first in a time of 3:39.27.
Colby was a double winner in the 200 freestyle (1:54.10) and 100 butterfly (56.22). Malsheske was a double winner in the 200 IM (2:13.13) and 100 backstroke (1:00.18). Sheldrick was a double winner in the 50 freestyle (24.14) and 100 breaststroke (1:04.98).
Niro, meanwhile, placed first in the 100 freestyle in a time of 52.95.
Avon 66, New Britain 55
At New Britain
Avon 17 12 14 23 - 66
New Britain 8 19 17 11 - 55
Avon: Isaac Aguilar 1-1-3, Jack Hall 9-3-27, Will Soucier 3-8-14, Tyler Brokenshire 6-3-16, Emmett Bernstein 1-4-6. Totals: 17-17-66.
New Britain: Justice Carter 4-1-10, Jayden Andujar 4-0-9, Tyrone Cummings 1-0-2, Xavier Goode 4-0-12, Tyler Nolan 5-4-14, Demir Kandic 4-0-8. Totals: 22-5-55.
Three-Point Carter (NB), Andujar (NB), Goode (NB) 4, Hall (A) 5, Borkenshire (A).
Records: Avon 1-1, New Britain 2-1.
Bristol Eastern 59, Southington 49
At Bristol Eastern
Southington 8 9 18 14 - 49
Bristol Eastern 21 8 9 21 - 59
Southington: Nick Marecki 1-0-3. Devon Bade 2-0-5, Rick Maciioce 1-0-2, Dylan Olson 8-3-20, Aedan Derrick 4-0-8, Ryan Hammarlund 1-0-3, Colin Crowley 2-0-4, Eli Whitehead 1-0-2, Luke Penna 1-0-2. Totals: 17-3-49.
Bristol Eastern: Nasir Walker 4-0-9, Elijah Parent 5-1-13, Josh Kolano 4-2-12, Trini Otero 4-2-11, Tyler Donohue 1-02, Jack Stavens: 4-0-11. Totals: 22-5-50.
Three-point goals: Marecki (S), Bade (S), Olson (S), Hammarlund (S), Kolano (BE) 2, Parent (BE) 3, Stavens (BE) 2, Walker (BE), Otero (BE).
Records: Southington 1-3, Bristol Eastern 2-2.