Published February 20. 2013 4:00AM
Plainfield High School's 69-47 victory over Griswold on Tuesday night finalized the pairings for the 2013 Eastern Connecticut Conference boys' basketball tournament, which begins Thursday night with four first-round games.
Plainfield earned a share of the ECC Small Division title with the win, the No. 8 seed for the tournament, and a home game against No. 9 Waterford at 7 p.m.
Other first round games, also scheduled for 7 p.m. starts, are: No. 12 Lyman Memorial at No. 5 Norwich Free Academy, No. 11 Tourtellotte at No. 6 Bacon Academy and No. 10 St. Bernard at No. 7 St. Bernard.
The top four seeds - No. 1 Ledyard, No. 2 Woodstock Academy, No. 3 New London and No. 4 Windham - all drew opening round byes.
St. Bernard will host the remainder of the tournament, starting with Saturday's quarterfinals when Ledyard plays the Plainfield-Waterford winner at noon, Woodstock meets the Stonington-St. Bernard winner at 2 p.m., New London faces the Bacon-Tourtellotte winner at 4 and Windham plays the NFA-Lyman winner at 6.
The semifinals are Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6 and 7:30 p.m., while the championship game will be played Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m. New London defeated Ledyard to win last year's title.
In boys' action Tuesday night:
• Fitch ended its season with a 61-55 loss to Cheney Tech of Manchester in a nonconference game.
Devante Anderson led the Falcons, who finish 5-15, with 18 and Aaron Hill added 10.
• Zach Card scored 18 points as Parish Hill scored five straight points late in the game to beat Wheeler, 55-54, in a nonleague game. The Pirates trailed 51-50 when they scored the next five points before Wheeler (2-17) hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, Jacob Raggon scored 27 points and Troy Stefanski 15 for the Lions.
• Dan Rogers scored 17 points, including three 3-pointers, as Ellis Tech defeated Norwich Tech 44-35 in the Constitution State Conference. Tyriece Burke led the Warriors (2-16) with nine points.
• Malcolm Simmons had 19 points and 14 rebounds, but Avery Point lost to Quinsigamond CC 70-59 in New Haven. Tyler Barnes added 14 points and five assists for the Pointers (9-12) while Philkwan Tate had eight points and 10 rebounds.
• Denisha Parks had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 2 Elms College to a 72-48 victory over No. 7 Mitchell College in the opening round of the New England Collegiate Conference tournament. Kaylee Cerruto scoreds 17 points, making five 3-pointers, while Kate Mulloy added six points, six rebounds and four blocks for the Mariners, who finish 7-17.