Eastern boys roll to first round state win, get another home game

The Bristol Eastern boys basketball team played in its first state tournament game since 2015 on Monday night in the Thomas M. Monahan Gymnasium.

The sixth-seeded Lancers made up for lost time in a hurry, ripping off a 13-0 run during the first quarter of their Division IV first round game against No. 27 Capital Prep-Hartford. Eastern blew away Capital Prep, 80-44, and moved into the second round. The Lancers play No. 22 Pomperaug-Southbury, a 60-49 winner over No. 11 Platt Tech-Milford, on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in a second round matchup.

Daveyn Tate led three Eastern players in double figures with 17 points. Jordan Chisholm scored 15 points and Brayden Dauphinais bagged 14. Twelve Lancers wound up scoring as head coach Bunty Ray emptied his bench. 

Capital Prep pulled within 4-3 on a 3-pointer early in the first quarter. Eastern responded with the aforementioned 13-0 run. Here’s what happened on that 13-point burst:

  • Daveyn Tate layup
  • Brayden Dauphinais layup
  • Tate strong move inside for a layup
  • Jordan Chisholm putback off his offensive rebound
  • Dauphinais basket
  • Chisholm 3-pointer

Chisholm, Tate and Dauphinais scored during the run. Chisholm had five points while Tate and Dauphinais added four points apiece. Eastern led, 23-7, after one quarter. The Lancers pushed the lead to 43-17 by halftime, then the advantage ballooned to 62-31 after three quarters. Jake Kingsley led the fourth quarter offensive with six points in extended playing time. The Eastern bench scored 30 points in the game.