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Saturday, March 13, 2010

A look ahead

Let's get the crystal ball out to see how the matchups will go Monday and Tuesday:

Class LL - Monday

No. 1 Bridgport Central vs. No. 8 New Britain at New Haven Athletic Center, 6 p.m.: Darius Watson needs to have a big game for the Hurricanes to pull the upset. But Central appears to be on a mission to win it all - Central by 12.
No. 4 Sacred Heart vs. No. 12 Harding at New Haven Athletic Center, 7:45 p.m.: A great doubleheader with maybe the best player in the state, Sacred Heart's Josh Turner, trying to carry the Hearts to the semifinals. Fellow senior forward Corey Andrews will need to be healthy to help break Harding's full-court pressure defense. If the Hearts can, they will win - Sacred Heart.

No. 2 St. Joseph vs. No. 7 East Hartford at East Haven, 7 p.m. - The matchup in the pivot between Jakarri McCallop of East Hartford and Oscar Assie of St. Joes should be interesting. Greg Langston and Timajh Parker need to be productive for the Cadets, but the key is East Hartford point guard Anthony Jernigan being able to break the Cadets' trapping defense. I think he will do just fine. - East Hartford in an upset.

No. 3 Hillhouse vs. No. 6 Windsor - Hillhouse doesn;t see too many teams attempting to trap them, but Windsor will throughout. It will be up to Freddie Wilson and his fellow guards to be able to break it and get to the rim instead of launching threes - Hillhouse by 4.

Class L semifinals - Tuesday
No. 1 Stratford vs. No. 12 Wilbur Cross at Fairfield Warde, 7 p.m.: Don't let the seedings fool you. Cross has qon 11 of 12 to get here and is very, very dangerous behind Ed Murray and Gerald McClease. This is the most athletic team Stratford has faced since New London in the season opener. But Stratford is very steady behind guards Russell Payton and Jason Charles and one of the state's best big men in Brandon Sherrod - Stratford.
No. 2 New London vs. No. 3 Bristol Eastern at New Haven Athletic Center, 7 p.m.:  Bristol Eastern was one of the top teams in the CCC. New London has won 24 straight games coming in. Make it 25 - New London by 5.

Class M quarterfinals Monday
No. 1 Nonnewaug vs. No. 8 Sheehan at Kennedy, 7 p.m.: Nonnewaug is one of three undefeated teams left and has gotten little respect around the state. It's been awhile since Sheehan has risen up and beaten a team better in the Class M field. Maybe this is the time - Sheehan at the buzzer.
No. 4 Cromwell vs. No. 5 Enfield at Manchester, 7 p.m. - Enfield is one of the better teams no one knows much about. Cromwell won Class last year and is trying to make another run. - Cromwell
No. 2 Abbott Tech vs. No. 10 Granby at Thomaston, 7 p.m. - Too much athleticism for Graby to handle as Abbott Tech returns to the semifinals - Abbott.
No. 3 Bloomfield vs. No. 11 Law at Maloney, 7 p.m.: It's been a long time since Law has reached the quarterfinals. Unfortunately for the Lawmen, the runs ends Monday - Bloomfield by 18.

Class S semifinals Tuesday
No. 1 Hyde vs. No. 4 Valley Regional at CCSU, 6 p.m.: Rematch of the Shoreline Conference game won by Hyde in overtime last month. That game was at Valley. Can the Warriors put up another effort against one of the state's best? - Hyde.
No. 6 Windsor Locks vs. No. 10 Prince Tech at CCSU, 7:45 p.m.: Prince Tech pulled a stunner Friday night, ousting Kolbe Cathedral. Prince Tech doesn;t see it as an upset. Either way, the CSC has been underrated this year - Prince Tech.


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