Long night of suffering

January 24, 2013

By MICHAEL LETENDRE
STAFF WRITER
BRISTOL – When your opponent hits for ten three-pointers, you know that you’re in for a long night of high school basketball.
And for the squad from Plainville, every game seems to be a long night when you’re not winning.
Against the Rams on Monday, Sept. 13, the Blue Devils certainly made a run at it and played a spirited first half of action.
But the second half was full of gloom, doom and demise for Plainville as the squad dropped a tough 75-37 decision from the Bristol Central gymnasium.
With the victory, Central moved to 7-3 and are one victory away from playoff contention for the second straight campaign.
The Blue Devils fell to 0-10 on the season in the losing effort.
Central’s long range guns were in rare form and unfortunately, no one from the visiting squad read the scouting report on long-range boomer Joey DeFillippi.
DeFillippi, who burned Bulkeley for six pointers last week, hit for four on his own while reserve Devin Francis posted three as the 3-pointer was falling for the home team.
Jake Collins led all players with an outstanding 25 points while DeFillippi connected on 16.
Manny Severino and Nick Prentis each connected with five points apiece for the Rams.
For Plainville, Eric Fischer punched home 10 points to lead the Blue Devils while Austin Butler – who could see more time in the starting line up this season – had a team best 14 points as the big man played very well from the start.
Asmir Kandic dropped in four points while three-point ace RJ Caroll had three as did veteran Matt Thomas via three free throws.
It was a close game early on as the Rams could not shake the pesky Plainville club as only eight minutes into things, Central was in front by six at 17-11.
The Rams had another uptempo quarter in the second as the home team outscored the Blue Devils 18-13 and rode a 35-24 push into intermission.
But the Blue Devils were in it at the half and were looking to break into the game to start the third frame.
However, gaffes, turnovers, and poor shooting led to Plainville’s tough third period outing as Central outscored the Blue Devils 27-4 to scoop up a 62-28 lead with one frame to go.
Plainville couldn’t get any closer the rest of the way as the Blue Devils dropped a tough 38-point decision on the road in Bristol.
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