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Luca Mirabello (G) – Northwest Catholic-West Hartford Boys Basketball
Northwest Catholic outscored Windsor 28-12 in the fourth quarter to force overtime, Friday night in a battle between Central Connecticut Conference rivals. Luca Mirabello nailed a game-winning three before the final buzzer to give the 5-5 Lions a 73-71 victory over Windsor (7-3). Mirabello collected 18 points on the night and four three-point field goals, including a beyond half-court buzzer-beater to end the first quarter. You will soon be able to watch an all-access, cinematic look at Friday’s action on cptv.org.
Liam Bell (G) – Westbrook Boys Basketball
Senior captain Liam Bell messed around Friday night and nearly picked up a quadruple-double in a 58-40 beat-down of Hale Ray (Moodus). He collected 18 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and 9 steals. Congratulations are in order for Bell as part of his triple-double included his 1000th career point! The Knights are 8-1.
Alexah Potter (F) – Cheney Tech-Manchester Girls Basketball
Potter received her second UChoose nomination of the winter when she completed a rare feat earlier this week: back-to-back triple-doubles. It all began Monday when the Beavers knocked off Norwich Tech, 37-31. Potter scored 13 points, along with 11 rebounds and 11 blocks. The 6’1” sophomore phenom turned the trick once more Wednesday, collecting 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 blocks against Wilcox Tech-Meriden. Potter’s jumper at the buzzer erased Wilcox Tech, 31-30.
Karli Opalka (G) – Pomperaug-Southbury Girls Basketball
On December 20, New Fairfield shunned the Panthers by 12 points. Pomperaug avenged that loss Thursday behind a double-double from junior Karli Opalka. Her 21 points and 16 rebounds allowed Pomperaug to hand New Fairfield its first loss of the season.
Ricky Sandella (F) – Guilford Ice Hockey
Captain Ricky Sandella put together a nine-point week for the Indians. He notched four assists on four Guilford goals, Monday, when the Indians topped Enfield-East Granby-Stafford 4-2. He followed that up Wednesday with three goals and two assists against North Haven. Guilford won 7-1 and are 7-2.
John Russo (F) – South Windsor Ice Hockey
South Windsor trailed 3-1 vs. Cheshire, Monday. That all changed when sophomore John Russo scored three consecutive goals—a natural hat-trick! Russo’s final goal came in overtime and propelled the Bobcats to a 4-3 triumph. South Windsor is 4-5 on the season and Russo has eight goals.