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Northwest Catholic Heading to the 'Big Dance'

The NWC boy's basketball team defeated Farmington in Tuesday's semifinal match up, and will take on Career Magnet Saturday in the championship game.

Top-ranked handed its tribal counterparts from Farmington a 56-33 CIAC Class L boys basketball semifinal loss Tuesday night before a standing room only crowd at New Britain High School.

The win also brought Northwest’s win streak over Farmington High to 10-straight games.

Northwest held a 16-8 lead after the first quarter and widened the gap with each period.

Farmington used a 5-0 spurt to cut the lead to 18-13, with senior Mike English setting up a basket and then scoring one of his own three minutes into the second period.

Northwest Catholic answered quickly, upping its advantage to a dozen points, 29-17, with 6 foot-10 inch Kuran Iverson's trio of baskets, including one from long range, fueling the attack.

Farmington senior guard Jalen Hurst drilled a three-pointer before Iverson again ignited the Northwest offense, tallying up 11 of his team's 14 points during the four-minute stretch that pushed Northwest to a 45-20 lead with 1:44 left in the third quarter.

Hurst and Iverson left the game to raucous ovations late in the fourth quarter. Iverson led all scorers with 25 points, followed by 12 from teammate Nick Gaynor.

Obi Momah, a 6 foot-6 inch sophomore forward, was the lone Farmington player in double figures with 10 points. 

With the victory, Northwest earned a trip to this weekend's scholastic version of the Big Dance – the CIAC Championship Games at Mohegan Sun – and will meet #2 Career Magnet.

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