The SWC boys' basketball playoffs began on February 28, and all four of the top seeds advanced with quarterfinal-round wins. Here is a recap of all that transpired in the four games:
Top-seeded Immaculate defeated No. 8 Bunnell 56-43
Sean Guiry had 21 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks to lead the Mustangs. Sebastian Parenti scored 12, Joey Rios scored seven and had eight boards. Diego Echavarria had eight points and seven assists. Bunnell got 12 from Tiyorne Coleman and nine from Nick Rodriguez.
No. 2 Kolbe downed No. 7 Bethel 58-38
The Kolbe Cathedral Cougars avenged a regular-season upset by the Wildcats. Jalen Sullivan had 14 points and Jaden McLellan and Daniel Wellington both scored 11 in the win. Bethel got 12 from Nate Correard and 10 from Luke Lacey.
No. 3 Barlow came back to beat No. 6 Pomperaug
Pomperaug led 31-23 at the half but Barlow battled back for a 51-44 victory. Austin DeLuca scored 17, 15 of which came on 3-pointers, and Clark Gilmore and Carter Janki both scored nine to lead Barlow. Dion Zhuta scored 15 and Max Fradkin had nine for the Panthers. 3-pointers: P- Fradkin 3, Zhuta 3, Gomulinski, Koulouris; JB- DeLuca 5, Gilmore 2, Wright 2.
No. 4 Newtown defeated No. 5 Weston
Weston hung close, actually led by a point late in the third quarter, but Newtown won 64-57. Jack Petersen had 20 points and Riley Ward and Jack Kuligowski both scored 13. Petersen, Kuligowski, and Tyson Mobley (nine points) all hit a pair of 3-pointers. Jack Mulligan had nine points. Weston was led by Josh Handel with 17 and Jake Jones with a dozen. Alex Olsen had 10 and Mickey Stack added nine for the Trojans.
Semifinal matchups (originally set for March 2 rescheduled to Tuesday, March 3 at 7 pm):
* Immaculate hosts Newtown (Immaculate won the regular-season meeting 54-53)
* Kolbe hosts Barlow (Kolbe won 54-40)