Bunnell High's boys' basketball team won an overtime thriller, 57-51 over host Newtown, in the last game of the regular season, on February 25. The victory gave the Bulldogs a spot in the state tournament and the SWC tourney as they won the last two contests to qualify with eight wins overall and six in SWC play. No. 8 Bunnell visits No. 1 Immaculate in the quarterfinals on Friday, February 28 at 7 pm.
Trailing 47-45 with seconds to go, the Bulldogs forced overtime when Tiyorne Coleman scored on a put-back, just beating the buzzer. Bunnell fell behind early in OT but tied things on Derrik Gyimah's mid-range jumper. A Newtown free throw made it 50-49 Nighthawks. A drive to the basket by Gyimah gave Bunnell a 51-50 edge and Bunnell put the game away at the free throw line.
Gyimah finished with 22 points. Jaden McDowell scored 10 and Nicholas Rodrigues had nine. Coleman scored eight.
Jack Kuligowski had 14 and Jack Mulligan scored a dozen for NHS.
Bunnell had a 30-21 lead at the half and quickly took a 12-point lead on a Rodrigues 3-pointer in the third. Newtown stormed back and took its first lead of the half when Mulligan finished the break after a Tyson Mobley steal, making it 47-45 with just 1:16 left in regulation.
"This was huge because they took the lead at one point and in the past we would have folded," said Bunnell Coach Dannie Powell, adding that he was proud of his team for fighting back and getting the win. "It shows a lot of growth on our part."
The Nighthawks are in the SWC tournament and it appears will have a home game in the first round; check back for an update on seedings.