Bristol Central center Donovan Clingan is expected to make an appearance in New Haven next season in one of the boys basketball team’s non-conference games.
Wilbur Cross is scheduled to host Bristol Central in early Februaryat the Floyd Little Athletic Center. Bristol Central coach Tim Barrette confirmed that Cross tried to get the Rams to play in the Robert Saulsbury Invitational in December, but Bristol Central has its own Christmas tournament that includes Bristol Eastern, Wolcott and South Windsor.
Bristol Central finished this past season as the No. 1 team in the GameTimeCT Top 10 poll behind the 7-foot-1 Clingan, the State Player of the Year. Clingan recently reduced his final eight teams for his college decision, including UConn.
Also on Bristol Central’s non-conference schedule is the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts in January. The Rams were scheduled to play in the event last year, but that was canceled due to the COVID-19 endemic.
So the HoopHall reached out in January and Barrette said it didn’t matter to him what team the Rams are matched up with. That is still to be determined.
Windsor and East Catholic are the two CCC crossover games for Bristol Central. The game against East Catholic which Bristol Central defeated in the CCC championship bracket final in late March, is scheduled to be held at the Mohegan Sun Arena in December, according to Barrette.
“I wanted to be as prepared as possible to make a state tournament run. We return a pretty solid core featuring four starters. I wanted to challenge our kids to best of their ability,” Barrette said.
The schedules will not become finalized until a later date.
Barrette said Ridgefield and Notre Dame-West Haven also reached out for non-conference games, as did the GHPA High School Basketball Classic Spirit of Doc tournament, normally held at Trinity College each December, but Bristol Central had all of its non-conference slots filled already.