MIDDLETOWN >> Fact one: The final score in the Central Connecticut Conference South Division game played at the LaBella-Sullivan Gym at MHS Thursday night was Middletown 72, Platt 33.
Fact two: it wasn’t that close.
The Blue Dragons led by as many as 42 points in dispatching the one-win Panthers for their ninth win in a row and 11th of their last 12.
MHS coach Dave Sytulek played everybody on his bench and 14 of 15 players scored.
“It’s always a good thing to be able to get all the kids in the game,” said Sytulek. “They come to practice every day and to get them game time is great.”
Middletown led 18-4 after one and outscored Platt 23-2 in the second quarter to lead 41-6 at the half.
Jordan Robinson had all nine of his points in the first half. Brandon Simmons was the only player in double figures with 10, but then came the aforementioned Robinson with nine, Kejoun West with 8, Antonio White and Naim Edens with seven and O’Brien Watson with six.
“This is just a tough year,” said Platt coach Chris Hanson, whose team fell to 1-16. “We have good kids who work hard, but we have a lot of inexperience.”
Middletown, although substituting liberally, poured it on in the third quarter and led 57-18 going to the final eight minutes. Sytulek cleared his bench for the entire fourth quarter, and his charges played the Panthers even 15-15.
“After you haven’t played in eight days like we haven’t, you want to come out and execute,” said Sytulek. “You hope that your kids are ready to play and frankly, for the first couple of minutes, it looked like we weren’t.”
Platt scored the game’s first four points.
“But then we woke up and played pretty well,” said Sytulek.
Middletown (12-5) was 30-for-70 from the field for 43 percent, a number that after three periods was much higher.
Edens led with six rebounds and Savon Williams and Simmons had six caroms.
Khyme Jackson led Platt with 12 points.
Middletown is currently seventh/eighth in the overall CCC rankings in the 16-team CCC playoffs. It is also likely that if Middletown wins one more game, it will have a home game in the state Class L tournament, according to Sytulek.
The Blue Dragons have three games left, starting tonight at E.O. Smith of Storrs (12-4).
MHS finishes with Bulkeley on Monday at home on Senior Night, then has a make-up game at Berlin. That game is currently scheduled for Wednesday, but may be moved to Tuesday, said Sytulek.
Middletown is tied with Bristol Central for first place in the CCC South.