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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Top 10 poll results

Here are the results for the top 10 teams this week.

Please check out the new top 5 at 5 on Monday night at

Top 10

1) Hillhouse (9-1) lost to East Hartford 68-62; def. Hand 72-51
2) Bridgeport Central (9-0) def. Westhill 55-45; def. Bassick 65-58
3) New Britain (11-0) def. Wilbur Cross 67-49; def. Newington 48-42; def. Southington 77-63
4) Stratford (10-0) def. Newtown 72-69; def. Pomperaug 59-55
5) Hyde (11-0) def. Westbrook 54-50; def. East Hampton 84-34
6) Holy Cross (11-1) def. Crosby 78-77; def. Seymour 65-56
7) New London (10-1) def. Plainfield 100-46; def. East Lyme 90-58
8) Sacred Heart (10-2) def. Naugatuck 68-49; def. Wolcott 96-78
9) Bloomfield (10-1) def. RHAM 84-58; def. Hartford Public 86-48
10) East Catholic (9-2) lost to Northwest Catholic 72-70; def. Manchester 58-37

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New London pastes East Lyme

New London, the No. 7 team in the latest Register Top 10 poll, flexed its muscle and dismantled East Lyme 90-58 to once again be the team to beat in the Eastern Connecticut Conference. Chck out today's story in the Day of New London:

Also in ECC action, Norwich Free Academy coach Neal Curland picked up his 400th career win against Killingly Friday night.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Notre Dame, Sheehan take lead

Notre Dame edged Xavier 65-62 at home to take a one-game lead in the SCC Quinnipiac Division. Tom Doyle hit the biggest shot, a 3-pointer with 2:31 left to put Notre Dame up for good. Matt Pacheco led the way with 18 points for Notre Dame, which has never won the SCC Quinnipiac.
Defending champion Sheehan remained unbeaten in the SCC Housatonic by beating Lyman Hall 54-49. Mason Bush led the Titans with 13 points while Rich Bronson had 15 for Lyman Hall.

In other action, Branford improved to 10-1 by beating Shelton, Crosby snapped a three-game losing streak by blitzing Derby and Hillhouse rebounded from its first loss of the season by beating Hand at home.

Career plays at Wilbur Cross Saturday night at 5. For up to date scores from Friday, along with the up to date scoring leaders through Friday's games, visit:

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Stratford escapes again

For the second time this week, Stratford faced a double-figit deficit heading into the fourth quarter and also for the second time, Stratford prevailed.
On Thursday night, Stratford trailed Pomperaug 50-36 heading into the fourth quarter, yet held Pomperaug to just five points in the fourth quarter and rallied for a 59-55 win. Pomperaug hit just two baskets in the quarter and really fell apart against Stratford's aggressive defense.

On Tuesday, Stratford trailed Newtown by 15 heading into the fourth quarter and rallied on the road for the win, thanks to Russell Payton's four-point play.

Stratford is good enough to overcome these defeicits, but cannot continue to turn it on and off any time. Eventually, that will come back to bite the state's fourth-ranked team.

Upcoming games

Fourth-ranked Stratford had to come from 15 points down to win at Newtown on Tuesday 72-69. Guard Russell Payton completed a four-point play with 6 seconds left. Now Stratford hosts another good South-West Conference team, Pomperaug, tonight at 5:15. This is the only area game on the schedule.

Friday's schedule is highlighted by two SCC games eith first place on the line. In the Quinnipiac Division, Xavier comes to West Haven to play Notre Dame. Both teams have one loss, none in the division.
In the SCC Housatonic. Sheehan travels across town to face Lyman Hall to determine the division leader at the season's midway point. Expect both games to have exuberant crowds on hand.

Around the state on Friday, undefeated and No. 2 Bridgeport Central plays at Bassick and the top two teams in the Eastern Connecticut Conference, No. 7 New London and East Lyme, get together in New London.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Latest Top 10 poll results

Here is how the Top 10 have fared so far this week. There should be a new No. 1 next week:

1) Hillhouse (8-1) lost to East Hartford 68-62
2) Bridgeport Central (8-0) def. Westhill 55-45
3) New Britain (9-0) def. Wilbur Cross 67-49; def. Newington 48-42
4) Stratford (9-0) def. Newtown 72-69
5) Hyde (10-0) has not played yet
6) Holy Cross (10-1) def. Crosby 78-77
7) New London (9-1) def. Plainfield 100-46
8) Sacred Heart (8-2) has not played yet
9) Bloomfield (9-1) def. RHAM 84-58
10) East Catholic (8-2) lost to Northwest Catholic 72-70

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday night action

Wilbur Cross rebounded from its loss to New Britain Monday by winning at Sheehan 69-64. Five days ago, Sheehan won at Cross 80-70.
Amity won its first game of the season, edging Foran 56-55, Hamden edged Career, Law beat West Haven on the road, Notre Dame hammered East Haven and Morgan beat North Branford.
No. 4 Stratford trailed by 15 heading into the final quarter at Newtown, yet rallied to win by three.
Check out the scores later at:

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New Haven 0-2 at Connecticut Hoops Challenge

East Hartford looked like and played like the better team against Hillhouse Monday night.
They had more size than Hillhouse and used it, outrebounding the Academics 45-30. Center Jakarri McCallop had 17 of those rebounds for the Hornets.
East Hartford point guard Anthony Jernigan had more assists than his counterpart, Freddie Wilson. East Hartford also got to the line more, 27 times to be exact, thanks to its inside game. Hillhouse shot too many three-point shots, its usual mantra, and went to the line only eight times.
Bu this will definitely benefit the Academics come March. Having not played outside the Southern Connecticut Conference cost them against Crosby last year because they did not face a team with that type of speed all season.
Playing East Hartford, and Mount Vernon next Wednesday, will give Hillhouse an idea of what is out there when the Class LL state tournament rolls around.

As for Wilbur Cross, New Britain was just a better team. Darius Watson and Steve Glowiak were the best two players on the floor for the Hurricanes.
And New Britain went to the zone for the first time this season not only to help offset rebounding but to dare the Governors to shoot jumpers. They did, and made just one out of 12 in the second quarter.
The rebounding was exact 36 for both teams. Cross has plenty of work to do at 6-5 and must rebound quickly, playing at Sheehan tonight.

Monday, January 18, 2010

East Hartford stuns No. 1 Hillhouse

Jakarri McCallop had 18 points and 17 rebounds to help East Hartford upset top-ranked Hillhouse 68-62 in the Connecticut Hoops Challenge at Central Connecticut State.
Freddie Wilson had 19 points to lead Hillhouse, which falls to 8-1. East Hartford improves to 7-2. East Hartford led virtually the entire second half.

New Britain beats Wilbur Cross

New Britain never trailed in the second half, beating Wilbur Cross 65-49 in the first annual Connecticut Hoops Challenge at Central Connecticut State University.
Gerald McClease led Cross with 15 points. Steve Glowiak and Darius Watson each had 19 points to lead New Britain.

New Britain leads at halftime

No. 3 New Britain is up 30-17 on Wilbur Cross at halftime. Steve Glowiak and Darius Watson have 20 of the 30 points for the Hurricanes.
Gerald McClease has six points for Cross, which shot 1 of 12 in the second quarter.

Northwest Catholic prevails

Northwest Catholic beat rival East Catholic 72-70 in the opening game of the first annual Connecticut Hoops Challenge at Central Connecticut State's Detrick Gymnasium. East Catholic moved up to No. 10 in the latest Register Top 10 poll.

Wilbur Cross vs. No. 3 ranked New Britain is on deck. Check back later for halftime and final scores.

new top 10 poll out

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Connecticut Hoop Challenge tomorrow at CCSU

The first annual Connecticut Hoops Challenge will be held Monday at Central Connecticut State University. Tickers are $10 at the door for the following tripleheader:

East Catholic vs. Northwest Catholic - 4:30 p.m.
New Britain vs. Wilbur Cross - 6 p.m.
Hillhouse vs. East Hartford - 7:30 p.m.

Latest Top 10 poll results

Expect some changes when the poll comes out on Monday.

1) Hillhouse (8-0) def. Guilford 94-46; def. Xavier 54-38
2) Sacred Heart (8-2) lost to Holy Cross 68-66; def. Crosby 82-63; lost to Half Hollows Hills West (NY) 75-56
3) Bridgeport Central (7-0) def. Cheney Tech 75-49; def. Fairfield Warde 73-48
4) New Britain (8-0) def. Conard 86-65; def. Simsbury 63-59; def. High School of Science & Technology (Mass.) 65-55
5) Stratford (8-0) def. Immaculate 81-51; def. Masuk 64-42
6) Hyde (8-0) def. Haddam-Killingworth 69-28; Old Lyme; def. Old Lyme 61-54
7) Holy Cross (9-1) def. Sacred Heart 68-66; lost to Kennedy 52-50
8) Windsor (7-2) def. East Catholic 98-67; lost to East Catholic 59-57
9) New London (8-1) def. Windham 59-53; def. Bacon Academy 72-46
10) Crosby (7-3) lost to Torrington 71-68; lost to Sacred Heart 82-63