On Friday night at Memorial High in Manchester, Trinity and Central went at it in the semi-finals of the Queen City Invitational Basketball Tournament (QCIBT). It had the atmosphere and level of play of a state tournament game. The 2 squads fought tooth and nail in front of a packed gym. t was close throughout, up until the final minutes when Central went on a run to pull away. Behind a game-high 38 points from junior guard Brett Hanson the Little Green were victorious 66-55.
Trinity actually led this game 50-49 late in the 4th quarter after Brad Rhoades had an and-1 finish, Carmen Giampetruzzi had a put-back and then Ryan Otis made a steal and layup on the other end. But the last couple minutes was all Central, as the Little Green closed the game with a 17-5 run. Those 17 points happened in the blink of an eye. Central is tenacious on defense and they really attack on offense, so they can put up points in a hurry.
The late run was led by Hanson, who was sensational all game long. On one key score he had the ball beyond the arc with a defender all over him, then took his man off the dribble, drove hard to the rim for an and-1 finish. He made the free throw and Central went up 59-50 with just 1:42 left.
Leading the way for Trinity was Pat Keefe with 17 points and Otis with 14. Central takes on Exeter in tonight's tournament championship game.