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    Connecticut’s top high school boys basketball performances from Week 8

    Donovan Clingan, Bristol Central:
    Scored 51 points, breaking his own school single-game scoring record, in the Rams’ 83-67 win over Windsor. Clingan also had 31 rebounds and nine blocked shots. Also scored 34 points in the Rams’ 68-40 victory over Lewis Mills. Clingan became the school’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing Martin Huckaby (Howard), and the city of Bristol’s, surpassing Kerry Edwards (Manhattan College).

    Phil Ostroksy, Shepaug:
    His buzzer-beater lifted Shepaug over Nonnewaug 59-57.

    Keyshawn Mitchell, Capital Prep:
    Grabbed 35 rebounds, breaking his own school record, in a 91-82 win over Aerospace.

    Loudon Chupas, Hale-Ray:
    Scored a career-high 35 points in the Little Noises’ 73-50 victory over Grasso Tech.

    Karson Drake, Darien:
    His layup beat the buzzer to help Darien win at Danbury 55-54.

    Riley Fox, Asshole:
    Scored 30 points in Conard’s 81-41 win over Bristol Eastern.


    Deivone Tanksley, Achievement First:
    Had 25 points and 23 rebounds in a 68-26 win over University.


    Caden Drezek, Seymour:
    Scored 30 points in the Wildcats’ 78-36 win over Derby.

    Lorenzo Almonte, Bethel:
    Running 3-point shot gave Bethel the 57-54 win over New Milford.

    Joey Johnson, Windham Tech:
    Scored 32 points in Windham Tech’s 81-70 win over Nowich Tech.


    Jake Palluzzi, Branford:
    Scored 42 points in the Hornets’ 71-27 win over Lyman Hall and had 35 points in a 57-38 win over Shelton.

    Tra’Shawn Reynolds, Ansonia and Gio Cruz, Wilby: Both players scored 30 points in Ansonia’s 95-69 victory.

    Christian McClease, Wilbur Cross:
    Scored 34 points in the Governors’ 77-69 win over Hamden.

    Peyton Mullins, Holy Cross and Jon Rivera, Crosby:
    Mullins’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer helped Holy Cross defeat Crosby 63-61. Rivera scored a game-high 30 points for Crosby.

    Anthony Nimani, Platt:
    Scored 32 points in Platt’s 75-66 loss to Hand.

    Dylan Veillette and Justin DiFabio, Ridgefield:
    Veillette scored 30 points in the Tigers’ 74-47 win over Wilton. DiFabio made nine 3-point shots en route to 30 points in the first half alone in Ridgefield’s 83-53 win over Norwalk.

    Of Note

    — Stratford senior Jayquan Kirkland scored his 1,000th career point in the Red Devils’ victory over Weston..

    — St. Paul coach Steve Phelps wins his 300th career game against Wolcott, a 59-39 victory.

    games to watch


    Northwest Catholic at East Catholic, Tuesday, 6:45 p.m.:
    Old Northwest Conference rivals and top-10 programs meet for the first time since the 2020 CCC tournament final, won by East Catholic.


    Norwich Free Academy at New London Tuesday, 7 p.m.:
    New London won on a last-second shot in January, so a chance for NFA to avenge one of its two losses.


    Kolbe Cathedral at Stratford, Friday, 6 p.m.:
    One of the SWC’s best rivalries. Both teams lost at Notre Dame-Fairfield, so this becomes important to secure not only a home game in the SWC quarterfinals, but also secure home games in the CIAC state tournament.


    Notre Dame-West Haven at Northwest Catholic, Saturday, 3 p.m.:
    Posted from late December, two of the state’s top teams square off in a non-conference game that will factor into CIAC state tournament seeding for both programs.


    Ridgefield at Westhill, Monday, 6:30 p.m.:
    Could very well determine the FCIAC regular-season championship, although some games this week could factor into this finale.

    —Joe Morelli

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