WATERBURY’S WEEKLY ROUNDUP #2: Crosby, WCA play three-overtime thriller in boys hoop


There have been a bevy of boys basketball classics in the Brass City.
Go ahead and add the first meeting between Crosby and Waterbury Career Academy on Wednesday night to the list.
Played in a now dry gymnasium at WCA — the game was postponed Tuesday due to a leaky roof — the Bulldogs and Spartans battled through 32 minutes of regulation. That wasn’t anywhere near enough time.
Crosby and WCA continued to battle through three overtimes, with the Bulldogs finally outlasting the Spartans 125-123.There were heroes abound in this game. For Crosby, there was Jeremiah Kendall, Miguel Rivera and Eli Carter, among many others. Six of the eight Bulldogs who scored ended in double figures, led by Kendall’s 49. Kerwin Prince scored 18 points, followed by Carter with 14, Rivera and Perris Brinkley with 12, and Rontay Williams with 10.
Crosby added a win over Wilby on Friday night. Rivera led the Bulldogs with 24 points, Kendall added 23 points. Carter (11) and Ivan Craig (10) also scored in double figures for Crosby.
Kennedy 76, Wilby 75: Another wild game in the city Tuesday ended when Tyairus Sands sank a shot to win it.
Wilby led 20-18 after one quarter, and 43-39 by halftime. The teams were tied at 56 apiece entering the fourth quarter.
Sacred Heart 68, Holy Cross 46: Raheem Solomon made sure the Hearts were the ones who remained unbeaten after Tuesday night’s game.
Solomon hit three big 3s in the second half to help Sacred Heart put Holy Cross away. WATR 1320 AM broadcasters heaped praise on freshman Nate Tabor.
On a cold shooting night for the Crusaders, Kerson Etienne led the way with 16 points.
Holy Cross 69, Kennedy 66: The Crusaders bounced back with a win on the road over the Eagles.
It was Kennedy’s first loss of the season. Nyzair Rountree led the way for Holy Cross (5-1).GIRLS BASKETBALL
Sacred Heart played well early in Tuesday’s showdown at Alumni Hall, but Holy Cross closed the game strong and claimed a 57-39 win.
The Crusaders trailed 15-8 after one quarter, but closed to within a point by halftime. Holy Cross put together a strong push in the third quarter to take control.
Meah Austin and Aiyana Ward were tough as usual under the basket while Idalis Miranda provided some offense from the outside. Treasure Coleman and Victoria Santiago led Sacred Heart.
Later in the week, Holy Cross smacked Kennedy to drop it from the ranks of the undefeated. The Crusaders jumped out to a big lead and never looked back.
Kaynor Tech 48, Crosby 33: The Panthers defeated the Bulldogs at home on Thursday night to get back to .500 for the season (4-4).
Kaynor Tech had a very balanced offensive attack as Cassie Couture, Sarah Wisniewski and Egypt Santos all scored in double figures. The Panthers have alternated wins and losses for the first eight games of the season. Kaynor Tech won Goodwin Tech’s holiday tournament last week, but those were sandwiched around a loss to Joel Barlow in Sacred Heart’s tournament.
Chase Collegiate having success after slow start: The Highlanders started the season 0-3, but they have been better since they entered league play.
Chase has won its first two games in the Housatonic Valley Athletic League to get to 2-3.

Holy Cross picked up a win over Oxford on Friday.
Sacred Heart lost to Brookfield on a matchup of two powerful state programs. The Hearts finished third in Class S last season while the Bobcats were second in Class M.
In other meets on Friday, Crosby/WCA lost to Naugatuck, Kennedy fell to Torrington and Wilby was defeated by Watertown.