Bristol Central boys win at Hoophall

The Bristol Central boys basketball team got a terrific opportunity to play at “The Birthplace of Basketball” on Friday night, Springfield College.

The Rams took on Springfield Central in the Spaulding HoopHall Classic at historic Blake Arena, and Connecticut’s top-ranked team came out with a 53-44 victory in a game that was riddled with foul trouble. Bristol Central senior star Donovan Clingan didn’t escape the foul issues but still wound up with 24 points, 16 rebounds and 10 blocks. It was a pretty good performance, especially given his future head coach, UConn’s Dan Hurley, was in attendance.

Carson Rivoira had 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to join Clingan in double figures. Rivoira also had six rebounds. Steven Alseph Jr. added nine points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals while Victor Rosa chipped in seven points and three assists.

Bristol Central not only had to deal with foul trouble, but pressure defense from Springfield Central. The Rams turned the ball over 22 times, but they were still able to come out with a win. That victory ended a 30-game winning streak for Springfield Central, according to Joe Morelli of GameTimeCT. Bristol Central improved to 8-0 with the win.

Photo caption: Donovan Clingan and Bristol Central claimed a 53-44 win over Springfield Central on Friday night at the Spaulding HoopHall Classic. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69, file)