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Weaver senior guards Jaecee and Chaylyn Martin took over the game and the Beavers won.
Yup, the nth time in their great high school careers the Martin brothers were unstoppable. This time it was fifth-seeded Simsbury who couldn’t hang with top-seeded Weaver as the Beavers won 64-43 at the Babe Allen Fieldhouse at Bulkeley High School on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Central Connecticut Conference tournament.
Weaver will make its fifth CCC final appearance on Thursday when it plays second-seeded East Catholic at 7 p.m. at the same venue.
The two schools combine for the last three conference tournament champions. East Catholic won last year and Weaver won the previous two. The Beavers also won the tournament in 2000. It will be the Eagles second appearance in as many years.
But about those Martin brothers: They scored 69 percent of Weaver’s total points — a combined 44. Jaecee led the game with 24 and Chaylyn had 20. But it was five early in the third quarter from Chaylyn that sparked the second half run Weaver coach Reggie Hatchett planned for.
“I know the team that I have,” Hatchett said. “We played to make a run in the second half — we got to halftime and nobody had three fouls, the people that had two I sat for the rest of the half. Now we could play loose, play aggressive and not have to worry about foul trouble.”
Simsbury made six 3-pointers in the first half by five different players and went into halftime tied at 29 with the No. 5 team in the most recent GameTimeCT/Register Top 10 poll. Then Weaver outscored the Trojans 16-7 in the third, 14 of which came from the surname Martin.
“It’s right around the time where we lock in and be leaders for our teammates,” Jaecee Martin said.
In fact, Jaecee or Chaylyn scored 24 of the first 26 points of the second half. It wasn’t until 2 minutes left in the fourth when JaQuan Williams made two free throws to give Weaver a 59-41 lead that a non-family member made a basket.
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“We had to pick up the intensity,” Chaylyn Martin said. “We had to pick up the game speed and once we did that we were going to win the game by as much as we could.”
In the nightcap, a rematch of last year’s Class L state championship, it was a single player who led the way.
Sophomore shooting guard Joey Reilly lit up the fieldhouse scoreboard Tuesday just as he did nearly a year ago to the day when the Eagles won their first CCC title.
He scored seven points in the Eagles 20-point first quarter and just got hotter as the game wore on. He finished 11-13 from the field as East Catholic stepped on Middletown’s throats to the tune of a 79-57 for a shot at Weaver in the final.
“He was super efficient,” East Catholic coach Luke Reilly said. “You want to feed the hot hand and when he got going, and we have some guys that can get going, we try to make an effort to make sure they get some looks.”
Reilly scored eight points in the second quarter including a layup at the buzzer to give the Eagles a 36-28 lead at the break.
Then it was 10 points in the third quarter for the coach’s nephew, all from the field.
His final three points came from the free throw line in the fourth.
Kansas State-commit Mike McGuirl added 21 points for the Eagles and drew a lot of attention, which allowed Reilly to do his damage.
“If I’m making shots I also want to get my teammates involved,” Joey Reilly said. “We have very good players on this team. If I’m making shots guys are going to come out on me and then I can get my teammates shots and then as a team we take off.”
Whenever Middletown would get close — like down one in the second with 3:27 left or within four with 5:48 on the clock in the third — it was either Reilly or McGuirl who would hit a big shot and send the Eagles flying away.
East Catholic’s 10-0 run to start the fourth is what really put the finishing touches on the victory to set up a final between the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the tournament.
“They’re a great team,” Luke Reilly said of Weaver. “They’ve been around a long time. We’ve played each other a fair amount, so I think we’re both kind of familiar with the match-up.”