MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown High’s boys basketball team is on a roll.
The Blue Dragons blasted Northwest Catholic 75-43 in a Central Connecticut Conference inter-divisional game Tuesday night at the LaBella-Sullivan gym. Middletown broke from a 33-20 halftime lead with a 32-point third quarter and led by 33 points going to the fourth quarter.
“I thought we played a great game,” said Middletown coach Dave Sytulek. “At times, especially in the third quarter, it was the best we’ve played all season.”
The Blue Dragons started the season 0-3 and is now 7-5 and has won six of its last seven.
“The guys are starting to learn and accept their roles,” said Sytulek. “They have been working very hard and we’re starting to see the dividends.”
Northwest Catholic coach John Mirabella, who has won four state championships at the West Hartford school, noted Middletown’s improvement.
“Dave’s got his team turned around,” Mirabella said. “But we’re rebuilding. We have a lot of work to do, but the kids work hard every day, they keep plugging away and they’re a pleasure to coach every day.”
Middletown got a big game from Antonio White, who scored 24 points, most on driving layups.
“Antonio did a great job of slashing to the basket,” said Sytulek. “And we got good games from kids across the board.”
Besides White, Brandon Simmons had 14 points and Makai Hunter had 11. Hunter also had six assists and six steals.
The Blue Dragons jumped out to an 11-4 lead midway through the first quarter and led 19-12 at the first turn. MHS opened up a 18-point lead in the second quarter on a basket by Simmons at 33-15, but the Indians scored the last five points of the quarter to cut the lead to 33-20 at intermission.
Then came the deluge.
With White leading the way with 14 third quarter points, Middletown outscored Northwest 32-12 in the quarter to take a 65-32 lead to the fourth. The Dragons scored in every way, on driving layups, on medium range and three-point jumpers and even on a alley-oop slam by O’Brien Watson.
Sytulek called off the dogs with 6:32 left in the fourth quarter and the junior varsity played the rest of the way. MHS was 33-for-67 from the floor for 49 percent and was 9-for-11 from the free throw line.
“That’s the best we’ve shot all season,” said Styulek.
No one was in double figures for Northwest, which fell to 4-7. Evan Farrell with nine points and Aaron Renker with eight led NWC.
Middletown is home again Friday night with Bristol Eastern.