Published March 01. 2013 8:00PM Updated March 01. 2013 11:51PM
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New London's Keith Porter drives into the NFA defender Ryer Caruso (20) in ECC boys basketball tournament championship game Friday, March 1, 2013 at St. Bernard School. The Whalers rolled to a 52-39 for the program's sixth straight ECC tourney title.
Montville — Keith Porter scored 24 points as New London High School won its sixth straight Eastern Connecticut Conference boys' basketball tournament championship with a 52-39 victory over Norwich Free Academy on Friday night before an overflow crowd at St. Bernard.
The third-seeded Whalers took control with an 11-1 run at the end of the third quarter to open a 41-24 lead, then survived a big comeback by No. 5 NFA in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats, who trailed 46-26 midway through the fourth quarter, went on a 13-0 run to pull within eight, but New London scored the final five points.
Both teams upset higher-ranked teams to reach the final. NFA beat No. 1 Ledyard 57-49 in the semifinals while New London defeated No. 2 Woodstock Academy 78-76 in overtime.