Top-seeded Bunnell advances, Stratford ousted in SWC quarters

The top-seeded Bunnell High boys basketball team withstood an upset bid from eight-seeded Newtown High, downing the Nighthawks, 54-47, in the SWC quarterfinals at Strong Gymnasium in Monroe on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs used a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter to overtake a cagey Newtown squad, taking the lead for good at 42-40 following a pair of free throws from Adam Samuel with 4:16 left to play.

Connor Quinn poured in a game-high 25 points for Newtown (8-13), which dropped its fifth game in a row.

Matt Nolting and Issac Vann led Bunnell (19-2), winners of 10 in a row, with 12 points apiece. Ryan Pittman added 11 points and Samuel chipped in with nine.

The Bulldogs will face fourth-seeded Kolbe Cathedral (15-5) in the semifinals on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. at Newtown High. Second-seeded Bethel (19-2) will lock horns with third-seeded Notre Dame of Fairfield (16-5) in the other semi.

Ian Gardner led Kolbe past fifth-seeded Stratford, scoring 16 of his game-high 20 points in the second half of the Cougars 56-52 victory.

Maurice Hill added 10 points for Kolbe, while Bernard Brantley and Eric Rankin had 16 apiece for Stratford.

Marcus Vereen notched 11 points for the Red Devils, who led 48-45 with 4:16 left to play.

Gardner banked in a 3-pointer on the ensuing Cougar possession, sparking an 11-4 run to close out the contest.



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