WEST HARTFORD >> New Britain used a balanced scoring attack from its big three to defeat Northwest Catholic 74-60 on the road at John Mirabello Court.
Combined with Simsbury’s 65-64 loss to West Hartford, New Britain’s victory gave the Hurricanes the CCC West division title.
Senior Annuel Saint Juste scored from all areas of the court on his way to a game-high 24, with 18 coming in the first half.
“He hit a couple of outside shots, but I said, ‘you draw the defense, attack,’ and he finished at the rim really well,” New Britain coach Todd Stigliano said.
The two other pieces of New Britain’s big three finished the job in the second half. Curtis Hyman and Craven Johnson combined for 21 points over the final two quarters leading New Britain to its 16th win of the season.
“In the second half the bigs picked up the slack,” Stigliano said. “Curtis and Craven did a lot more damage in the second half and it’s good to have that balance.”
New Britain led at the half, 35-21, book-ended by 3-pointers from Saint Juste.
Northwest Catholic, however, scored 20 points in the third quarter, all within four minutes and 49 seconds.
Senior Evan Farrell got the scoring going with a fast-break lay-up. He finished with 13 points in his final home game of his career.
Stigliano was forced a couple of timeouts to get his point across to his team.
“We have to sure some things up, because defensively, we play really good a quarter and then really bad a quarter,” Stigliano said.
The Golden Hurricanes play East Hartford on Friday and finish the regular season Feb. 24 at Southington. If they win out, they will be the top seed in the CCC tournament, which begins Feb. 27 and they would host a first round game.
“Every game now is a tournament-type game,” Stigliano said. “Because we’re so close, you have to think you’re in the tournament.”