AVON — The legend grows.
With his team trailing by two points, Platt junior Anthony Nimani made a steal and hit an off-balance 3-pointer from the corner with 1.4 seconds left to lift the Panthers to a 65-64 CCC interdivisional boys basketball victory over Avon on Friday night.
Nimani, coming off a 25-point performance against Maloney on Wednesday night, finished with 30 against the Falcons.
Juan Dancy and Eli Rodriguez added nine points apiece as Platt won its fifth straight game and improved to 7-3.
Isaac Aguilar scored a team-high 19 points and Aidan Srb added 16 for Avon (7-4).
Avon had taken a 49-44 lead into the fourth quarter.
East Catholic 45, Southington 35: The Eagles extended a 26-18 halftime lead with the first 10 points of the third quarter, and those 10 points ultimately were the difference in this CCC interdivisional matchup in Southington.
East Catholic, the state’s reigning Division I champ, improved to 6-3 behind 11 points from James Jones and nine from Sam Reilly, who went 5-for-7 at the line in the fourth quarter.
Southington, its four-game win streak snapped, fell to 4-5. The Blue Knights got eight points from both Nate Cofrancesco and Raysean Epps. Aidan Buck and Ryan Hammarlund had seven apiece.
Cheshire 54, Career 28: The host Rams bolted to a 19-2 lead in the first quarter, a frame punctuated by E.J. Quint’s buzzer-beater from half court.
The SCC crossover victory snapped a four-game slide for Cheshire (2-7). Career fell to 1-8.
Jack Markarian paced the Rams with 12 points and Tristan Washington was good for nine. Quint finished with eight and J.D. Shumilla added seven.
Maloney 57, Harding 23: The Spartans shook off their first loss of the season with the non-conference victory over the Presidents in Bridgeport.
Jaylice Rosario chalked up another triple-double. The junior forward put up 28 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and swiped 10 steals in three quarters’ work.
Nadia Berrios added eight points and seven rebounds as Maloney upped its record to 8-1. Gracey Massicotte, Amal Bahili and Evelyn Beltran had four steals apiece.
Harding, an independent in basketball, fell to 1-5.
Wilcox Tech 36, Cheney Tech 27: The Wildcats defanged the Beavers in Manchester by outscoring them 22-10 in the second half.
The surge erased a 17-13 halftime deficit and completed a Wilcox season sweep of Cheney.
Tatiana Robles drained a trio of 3-pointers to fuel the third-quarter uprising and finished with a game-high 17 points. Aliah Biro was good for 12 as Wilcox improved to 4-7.
La’Joy Edwards had a team-high 11 for Cheney (3-8).
Cheshire 53, North Haven 48: The Rams won the third quarter 14-4 to take the lead, then held on in the fourth quarter as the two teams combined for 41 points in a SCC crossover on Thursday night in North Haven.
Cheshire got back over .500 at 5-4, while North Haven slid to 3-7.
Grace Lurz put up a game-high 16 points for Cheshire. Ella Kulas added 10, going 6-for-8 at the line. Tess Givens (8) and Taylor Fitzgerald (7) also delivered key points for the Rams.
Olivia Johnson (14) and Damaria Williams-Davis (10) were in double figures for North Haven.
Lyman Hall-Coginchaug: The Trojans swept a SCC tri-meet at the Sheehan pool, compiling 62 points to top the Milford Co-op (29) and host Titans (11).
The Lagamao brothers, Jerick and Kendrick, won two individual events and swam on two first-place relays to fuel LH.
Jerick Lagamao brought home the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.10) and 100 backstroke (58.99). Kendrick Lagamao out-raced the field in the 100 butterfly (58.88) and 100 breaststroke (1:07.41).
In the relays, the Lagamaos teamed with Alex Sabo and Ryan Christopoulos on the 200 medley (1:51.97) and with Sabo and Matt Clem on the 200 free (1:41.41).
Christopoulos went on to capture the 500 freestyle (5:48.66).
Sheehan got a first-place performance from Jordan Dorsey in diving (177.85). Freshman Jonathan Rosano had a pair of runner-up finishes in the 100 freestyle (55.76) and 200 free (2:01.14).