Published March 07. 2013 4:00AM
East Hartford - The New London High School boys' basketball team hung with East Hartford for almost the entire first half of Wednesday's CIAC Class LL second round game.
East Hartford then hit the Whalers with a flurry in the last minute of that half and went on to win, 86-65.
"The last 40 seconds of the first half, we were down two (points)," New London coach Craig Parker said, "and then they went on an 8-0 run. Now we're down 10. We just never recovered from that."
Colins Nwafor had 22 points for the Hornets (20-4).
Keith Porter scored a game-high 30 for New London (17-8) and DeAnte Bruton had 13 points. Collin Sawyer added 11 points.
The Whalers finished the year strong, winning nine of their final 11 games, including their sixth straight Eastern Connecticut Conference title.
Parker has always stressed that the program is all about winning state championships and not other accolades, yet he was pleased with how New London fared this season.
"I'm very proud of this team," Parker said. "The way they made progress this season from beginning-to-end, I'm pleasantly pleased with their performance for the most part."
• Dylan Luce of East Lyme finished fourth at the CIAC Class M Diving Championship at the East Lyme Aquatic & Fitness Center.
Luce, the Eastern Connecticut Conference champion, scored 361.50 points. Dean Conte of Branford won with a score of 426.80.
Three other divers from East Lyme cracked the top 20. Mitchell Ryan was 11th with 295.35, Kevin Sullivan was 15th with 276.10 and Niko Mazzella finished 17th with 271.20. Michael McDermott of Waterford finished 25th with 151 points.
• St. Thomas More fell short in its quest to win a National Prep School Championship, losing to Brewster Academy, 74-54, in the semifinals at Albertus Magnus in New Haven.
The second-seeded Chancellors trailed by 19 at the break and never recovered. Gabe Levin had 10 points and 10 rebounds while Duane Notice had 12 points and six rebounds and Boston University-bound Dylan Haines added eight points and seven rebounds. Marquis Moore, who will attend Hofstra, had eight points, four rebounds and four assists.
St. Thomas More (30-6) also lost to Brewster in Sunday's NEPSAC AAA Championship. West Virginia bound Elijah Macon scored a game high 21 points for Brewster Academy, the third seed.
Brewster lost to Northfield Mount Hermon in the final.
• UConn-Avery Point's Philkwan Tate was a first-team selection to the NJCAA Region 21 Div. III all-star team. Tate, a sophomore from Bloomfield, helped lead the Pointers to a 10-15 record.
• Jackie Riera of UConn-Avery Point was a first-team selection to the NJCAA Region 21 Div. III all-star team.
Riera's teammate Kim Bouten was selected to the second team. Riera (Windham) and Bouten (Plainfield) are both freshman out of the Eastern Connecticut Conference. The Pointers went 12-7, losing in the Region 21 tournament final.
• Emmett Dignan, a junior from Mystic and Fitch High School, helped Virginia Tech finish second at the recent Atlantic Coast Conference championship meet in Greensboro, N.C.
Dignan, a team captain and The Day's 2010 Swimmer of the Year, earned All-ACC honors by helping Virginia Tech to a record-setting performance in the 400 medley relay.
Dignan swam the breaststroke leg for the Hokies, who won the event in 3:07.17, breaking the school, meet and conference record.
He also helped the 200 freestyle relay team finish third in 1:18.06, helping Virginia Tech automatically qualify (in both relay events) for the NCAA Division I Championships on March 28-30 in Indianapolis. Dignan also placed eighth at the ACC meet in the 100 breast (54.14) and ninth in the 200 breast (1:58.16).
• Lake of Isles and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation are taking applications for the 2013 Junior Golf Scholarship Program. Now in its eighth year, the scholarship program is awarded to eight junior golfers who are interested in playing golf at a competitive level. Recipients will receive personalized instruction, playing privileges and unlimited use of the practice facility.
The scholarships are open to boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 17 years old. Applicants will be evaluated on character, integrity, passion, and their potential for success at a highly competitive level. Applications can be found on the Lake of Isles website at www.lakeofisles.com or by calling 888-475-3746.
Applications must be received by April 1. Selected candidates will have a skills test in mid-April and interviewed the following week. Scholarship winners will be announced early May.