Multi-tasking is a pain, and I’m still recovering from almost being run over by the Bloomfield players after they stormed and danced on the press table.
But I’m able to take a deep enough breath to say that the Class M final is underway, and that the game is tied 14-14 after the first quarter.
The scoreboard operators briefly gave Hartford Public an extra basket. But Hal Levy and Jim Bransfield quickly corrected the referees.
Halftime: Hartford Public 32, Stratford 29
The Red Devils played very well in every phase, but a 1-for-5 performance from the foul line is the difference as we hit halftime. Joe Charles leads Stratford with 10 points. Arshad Jackson is killing Stratford with 12 points.
6:05 3rd: Hartford Public 40, Stratford 30.
Public has bolted out to a 10-point lead with five points coming from guard Danny Lawhorn. It forced a Stratford timeout.
Fourth quarter: Russell Payton hit back-to-back 3-pointers and reserve forward Tom Massey scored on back-to-bay layups to pull Stratford within 51-50. It is now 53-51 with 2:42 left.
STRATFORD 63, HARTFORD 55
Tim Martin scored with a conventional 3-point play and then proceeded to sink eight straight foul shots to give Stratford its first basketball state championship 63-55.