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Tigers’ big man just too much for Lions


NORTH GROSVENOR DALE, Conn. — All-State center Kaevon Safford scored 35 points to lead Tourtellotte Memorial to a 63-42 win against Wheeler High in an ECC Small Division game on Tuesday.

Safford had 15 field goals in the paint and one 3-pointer and was 2-for-4 from the foul line. The senior scored 21 points in the first half to help gain a 30-17 halftime lead for the Tigers (3-3, 1-1 ECC-Small).

“Safford is a load,” Wheeler coach Neal Cobleigh said. “He handles the ball well. He goes about 6-3 and 210 pounds. We just had a tough time stopping him.

“We came back in the second half and got it down to 10 in the fourth quarter. We gave them a battle. We scrapped and clawed, but just couldn’t finish.”

Troy Stefanski scored a team-high 13 points for Wheeler (1-5, 0-3 ECC-Small). He also led the Lions with eight rebounds and five steals.

Andrew Swift provided a spark off of the bench with nine points, six rebounds and three steals.

T.J. Condon and Mike Dellaporta each had seven points (including one 3-pointer) and three assists. Dellaporta also made three steals.

Jacob Raggon scored six points. Nik Wood had three rebounds, assists and steals.

Tourtellotte coach Tony Falzarano gained his 600th career win. He coached Putnam for 30 years and Tourtellotte for eight.

Wheeler plays at Windham Tech on Friday at 7 p.m.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Tourtelotte.................... 48

Wheeler .........................38

NORTH STONINGTON — Tourtelotte Memorial took the lead with less than three minutes remaining and was effective on the free-throw line down the stretch to earn the win Tuesday night.

The Tigers made 8 of 12 free throws in the final minutes of the game. Wheeler had a three-point lead with about three minutes left.

Wheeler (2-6, 0-3 ECC-Small) trailed 25-19 at the half 34-29 at the end of the third quarter.

Mackenzie Brayman led the Lions with 12 points, while Jess Muller and Kylie Baker added eight each. Muller was the top rebounder with nine and Baker finished with eight.

Allie Ablondi led Tourtelotte (6-1, 2-1, ECC Small) with 13 points. Abigail Poirier added 10.

Wheeler hosts Waterford on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.



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