Reviewing Tuesday night’s basketball games

Sacred Heart boys clinch Brass Division
The Hearts used a big second quarter to pull away from their hosts, the Crosby Bulldogs, and claim a 91-66 victory on Nick Augelli Court at The Palace.
Sacred Heart improved to 15-2 overall (15-0 NVL, 6-0 NVL Brass Division) with the win. Tyrn Flowers had a huge all-around night with 26 points, five or six blocks (depending on whether you go with Joe Palladino’s stats or those compiled by WATR), 12 rebounds and four assists. Flowers was all over the place on defense and more than made up for the absence of J.T. Riddick, whom media reports say is out two weeks with a back injury. Mustapha Heron had a big second half and finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, according to Palladino.
An 11-2 first quarter run helped get Sacred Heart going, then the Hearts rolled from there.
Crosby (12-3, 10-3, 2-3) was led by Dayquain Sinisterra, who tallied 16 points.
Can anyone beat the Hearts? Wilby takes its shot Friday at Alumni Hall, then Sacred Heart visits The Pit next Tuesday to play Holy Cross.
Sacred-Heart Crosby game stories can be found on The Zone from Joe Palladino and on CTHoopsNews via Robbie Goodrich. The Zone has photos and video, and Goodrich provides photos at CTHoopsNews.

Wolcott boys clinch state tourney berth
The Eagles survived a game-tying three-point attempt by Torrington and escaped Connie Donahue Gymnasium with a 66-63 victory over the Red Raiders in a battle of seven-win teams.
The win was No. 8 for Wolcott, which means it will play in the Class M state tournament this season. Shamari Thomas led the Eagles with 15 points. Matt Finke had 13, Chris Maisto 11 and Ricky Rogers 9. Here’s the game story from Peter Wallace of The Register Citizen. 

Holy Cross girls turn it up in third quarter, beat Kennedy
A 29-10 burst in the third quarter was the difference for the Crusaders in a win over the Kennedy Eagles at The Pit.
Both Holy Cross and Kennedy were riding long winning streaks coming into the game, but the Eagles had the upper hand in the first half. To make matters worse for the Crusaders, Century McCartney went down with an injury (she has an orthopedic appointment scheduled for Thursday, according to the Rep-Am’s Rick Wilson).
Rashana Siders, Idalis Miranda, Caitlin Cipriano and Meah Austin were all key for Holy Cross in that big third quarter. The Crusaders improved to 17-1 on the season and still haven’t lost in the NVL. The Eagles, a solid team in their own right, dropped to 13-4.

Whiting hits 1,000 points
Kennedy senior Lynadia Whiting scored 13 points against Holy Cross on Tuesday night, including the 1,000th of her career. Here’s a photo from Felix Rodriguez of Whiting after the game. Here’s a post from Kennedy High School on Twitter congratulating Whiting for her 1,000th point.

Kennedy boys roll to victory over Holy Cross
The last time these teams met, the Eagles stunned the Crusaders at The Pit on a Lorenzo Benjamin buzzer-beater, 80-78.
No such drama on Tuesday night, as Kennedy rolled to an 80-52 win over Holy Cross. Benjamin had 11 points on this night, but the star was Jaivaun McKnight, who tallied 39 for the Eagles. Kennedy improved to 12-4 while Holy Cross dropped to 11-4.

Waterbury Career will play in state tourney
The Spartans clinched a state tournament berth in their inaugural season with a 67-50 victory over the Metropolitan Learning Center. Kyren Petteway had 25 points to lead WCA (8-7).

St. Paul boys still searching
The Falcons lost 63-55 to Capital Prep and fell to 7-8. St. Paul tries again for win No. 8 tomorrow night at 7 in Derby. 

Don’t forget about the Crosby girls
The Bulldogs improved to 13-4 — yes, 13-4 — on the season with a 62-50 win at Sacred Heart. Ninoshka Figueroa led the way with 22 points, and Mariah Machado wasn’t far behind with 19. There’s more than just Holy Cross, Kennedy and St. Paul in NVL girls basketball this season. Crosby has had a great year. 

Other notes…
The Kaynor girls went over .500 (9-8) with an easy win over Bassick, the WCA girls picked up their second-ever victory and the Wolcott girls improved to 10-8 with a home win over Torrington.

As for tonight….
The Kaynor Tech girls play at O’Brien Tech (Ansonia) at 6 p.m. WCA girls host Cheshire at 7 p.m.
The Wilby boys travel to Naugatuck a 7 p.m. game. The Wildcats enter the contest with a record of 11-4.