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Follow all the coverage of boys high school basketball throughout the state on their way to Mohegan Sun Arena, the site of this year's championship weekend, March 15-16.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Hamden Hall hosts Hopkins tonight

The first edition of the Fairchester League rivalry between Hamden Hall and Hopkins is tonight at 5 at the brand new Beckerman Athletic Center in Hamden. The new arena is named after the former head coach, Dave Beckerman.

The rematch will be Feb. 2.

Quiet week for the top 10 teams in the state

Here are the results for the top 10 this week so far.

1) Hillhouse (6-0) def. Foran 80-53; def. Law 94-52

2) Sacred Heart (6-0) def. Watertown 70-33; def. Woodland 73-45

3) Bridgeport Central (5-0) def. St. Joseph 68-63; def. McMahon 78-65

4) New Britain (4-0) def. Northwest Catholic 63-59; def. Hall 72-52

T5) Hyde (6-0) def. Hale-Ray 66-48; def. Portland 89-49

T5) Stratford (6-0) def. Sport Sciences 63-50; def. Bethel 59-42

7) Holy Cross (8-0) def. Torrington 77-51; def. Watertown 77-50

8) New London (6-1) def. Killingly 98-41; def. Stonington 95-53

9) Windsor (5-1) def. South Windsor 100-53; def. Hartford Public 85-61

10) Crosby (7-1) def. Wilby 73-67; def. Seymour 72-47

Friday, January 8, 2010

Cross comes from behind to stun North Haven

Wilbur Cross scored the last nine points of the game to stun North Haven 54-53 at North Haven and sweep the season series from its SCC Oronoque Division rival.
Even more stunning was another SCC Oronoque game: Branford 51, Career 44 in New Haven. If there was any doubt before, there is none now: Branford is a bonafide division contender and the biggest surprise in the SCC.
Both Hillhouse and Xavier remained undefeated, beating Law and Fairfield Prep respectively. Both teams have one more game left, Hillhouse against Guilford and Xavier against West Haven, before their showdown next Thursday at the New Haven Athletic Center at 6 p.m.
In other action, Notre Dame won at Hamden 61-58 in overtime. Tom Doyle had a season-high 29 points while Ryen Vilmont poured in 31 for Hamden. West Haven pasted Guilford 83-42 and East Haven won at Cheshire 56-53. Lyman Hall won at Shelton 52-45 and Hand won at Foran 59-46.

Amity-Sheehan boys' hoop game postponed

Only boys basketball game tonight has been postponed - Amity at Sheehan - and no, it has nothing to do with the weather.

A broken hoop during a gym class is the reason why the game has been called off for this evening. The game has been rescheduled for Feb. 16.

All other area games are on as scheduled. I will be covering Wilbur Cross at North Haven. These two teams met on Dec. 26 in the Vanguard Classic at Cross, a 44-37 win for Cross. But North Haven's top player, Brian Salzillo, missed the game due to being sick.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Connecticut Hoops Challenge

The first annual Connecticut Hoops Challenge will be on January 18 at Central Connecticut State University.

The tripleheader is as follows:
3:30 - Wilbur Cross vs. New Britain
5:30 - East Catholic vs. Northwest Catholic
7:30 - Hillhouse vs. East Hartford

All tickets are $10. They can be purchased at any of the participating schools by calling the respective athletic offices or at the door.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

No losses among Register Top 10 teams

The Register Top 10 went unblemished Tuesday:
1) Hillhouse beat Foran 80-53
2) Sacred Heart def. Watertown 70-33
3) Bridgeport Central def. St. Joseph 68-63
T5) Stratford def. SMSA 63-50
7) Holy Cross def. Torrington 77-51
8) New London def. Killingly 98-41
9) Windsor def. South Windsor 100-53
10) Crosby def. Wilby 73-67

On Monday No. 4 New Britain and T5 Hyde beat Northwest Catholic and Hale-Ray, respectively.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

No surprises Tuesday

The teams that were supposed to win, did win on the opening night of division play in the SCC:
Career beat East Haven and Cross edged Branford on a shot by Gerald McClease in the Oronoque.
Hand edged Guilford and Hillhouse beat Foran in the Hammonasset.
Lyman Hall edged Cheshire while Sheehan won comvincingly at Shelton in the Housatonic.
Xavier (over Hamden) and Notre Dame (over West Haven) prevailed in the Quinnipiac.

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Here is the latest Register top 10 boys' basketball poll for the week of January 5:

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SCC division play begins today

Division play opens in the Southern Connecticut Conference tonight.

Xavier, the reigning SCC Quinnipiac champion, hosts Hamden while last year's SCC Housatonic winner, Sheehan, travels to Shelton. In the SCC Oronoque, defending champion Career hosts East Haven while undefeated Branford hosts Wilbur Cross.

In other action, undefeated Bridgeport Central hosts St. Joseph.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Branford, Xavier among undefeated SCC teams

Pick up Tuesday's print edition of the Register to see how both Branford and Xavier are still undefeated, a combined 11-0, as the division schedules commence.
Also, a new poll will be released, along with updated standings and scoring leaders.