Class L boys basketball quarterfinals: No. 2 Career routs No. 10 Avon

NEW HAVEN >> Avon had fared well in the North Central Connecticut Conference this season and hung with non-conference opponents Farmington and Glastonbury before losing.

But even Avon coach Chris Vozzolo admitted he hasn’t seen the type of athleticism Career puts on display. The Falcons weren’t able to do much against their defense, either.

No. 2 seed Career held No. 10 Avon to two field goals in the third quarter, built up a double-digit lead and coasted to a 57-37 win in the Class L state quarterfinals Friday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.

“Hopefully we got a little better tonight,” Career coach Larry Kelley said. “How much better? I don’t know, but I will take it.”

Career (21-4), the sixth-ranked team in the Register Top 10 poll, will face No. 3 seed Bristol Central in the semifinals Tuesday at New Britain at 7 p.m. This is the team’s third trip to the state semifinals in the past four years.

The Panthers held the Falcons to just six points in the third quarter. They built a 16-point lead by the end of the quarter and the game was no longer in doubt.

“We knew we needed to bring our ‘A’ game,” Vozzolo said. “We didn’t bring it on either end of the court and you know what? We played a really good team. And sometimes in our league, we can get away with bringing our ‘B’ game, but not tonight, You have to bring your ‘A’ game against Career.”

Avon was able to get backdoor looks against Career’s man-to-man defense in the first half, but didn’t capitalize too often. And the Falcons struggled mightily from the free throw line (8 of 22).

“I think they started to get fatigued a little bit. I saw it in the foul shooting,” Kelley said about Avon. “I think they are a better foul shooting team than that. Any time you start to get fatigued like that, you kind of lose your legs.”

Said guard Tyreek Perkins, who had a game-high 14 points for Career: “I think we played well on defense. That’s what we have been focusing on the most. Even at the end of the first half, they were tired. They couldn’t run with us.”

Avon’s Sean Hermann and Pat McKearney had 13 and 12 points, respectively.

“We don’t usually see their athleticism, we don’t usually see their size, we don’t usually see their speed,” Vozzolo said. “I thought we were prepared for it and did a good job containing it in the first half.”

Then Career played like a No. 2 seed in the second half to advance to the semifinals.

(at New Haven)
Avon 11 10 6 10 – 37
Career 12 16 15 14 – 57
AVON (37)
John Burdick 1 1-2 3, Brad Fisher 0 1-2 1, Sean Hermann 4 2-2 13, Pat McKearney 6 0-6 12, Jacob Sartain 0 2-2 2, Zach Stirling 0 1-2 1, Justin Reichler 1 0-3 2, Nathan Laszewski 1 1-3 3. Totals: 13 8-22 37
Tyreek Perkins 6 0-1 15, Tyrell Eaddy 2 0-0 6, Dan Ampofo 1 0-0 2, Amos Ford 3 1-2 7, Matt Hamilton 1 1-1 3, Justin Campbell 4 4-5 12, Jordan Lomax 1 0-0 2, Justice Phifer 5 0-0 10, Ed Saunders 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 6-9 57
3-point goals: Avon 3 (Hermann 3); Career 5 (Perkins 3, Eaddy 2); Records: Avon 17-7; Career 21-4


  1. Just sayin says

    What a joke why would career still be in l after the won it last year. Step up to the plate you play in scc.

  2. Just sayin says

    Still a scc team from new haven playing in class l. Never see hh do that!!! Lesson learn cross and career

  3. JwrizzytalksUlisten says

    Once again we have another person attacking a group of teenagers!! My friend number 1, Career is a class S sized school ( less than 225 boys in the school), 2, we are a lottery school (no walk in policy) 3, no football which means we dont get that 225 lb brawler other schools get., 4 with our run this year we will be moved up to LL next year. If you check over the years we have progressed nicely to where we are and dont run from anyone. Finally is this about you as an adult or the City of New haven’s athletes? When cross and Career play LL that will insure only one state championship, is that what you want? Lets congratulate the youth and their hard work and dedication and not get into the silliness of LL,, L, M, or S. Sorry Joe, I have to defend mine!!!!

    • Kermit The Frog says

      Ahem…Donald Thomas…

      I know what you mean though. It’s funny that the best NFL prospect to come out of a New Haven school in decades was a Career basketball player. Sad too that he never got to play high school football because career kids can’t co-op with Cross, HH nor Hyde.

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