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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 30, 2010

The Register's top 10 results

Bridgeport Central won all three games on the court this week, but had to forfeit its season-opening 83-58 win against Staples for using an ineligible reserve player near the end of  the blowout. The violation was self-reported.

The results are as follows:

1) Bridgeport Central (11-1, record reflects forfeit) def. Trumbull 74-53; def. Torington 73-55; def. Danbury 100-57

2) New Britain (12-1) lost to Bloomfield 60-55; def. Farmington 68-57
3) Stratford (12-0) def. Oxford 91-33; def. New Fairfield 62-46
4) Hillhouse (12-1) def. Foran 75-30; def. Mount Vernon (NY) 61-52; def. Law 80-56
5) Hyde (13-0) def. Old Saybrook 63-35; def. Morgan 75-55
6) New London (12-1) def. Putnam 78-46; def. Montville 90-38
7) Holy Cross (13-1) def. Wilby 82-79 (OT); def. Naugatuck 78-46
8) Bloomfield (11-2) def. New Britain 60-55; lost to EO Smith 52-51
9) Sacred Heart (12-2) def. Wilby 82-79 (2 OT); def. Wilby 85-74
10) East Hartford (10-2) def. Maloney 67-47; def. Windsor 66-65

Friday, January 29, 2010

Bridgeport Central forfeits game

First reported by the Connecticut Post Friday, Bridgeport Central had to forefeit its season-opening victory over Staples for using an ineligible player. The player was a reserve who played late in a 83-38 blowout of the Wreckers.

The school turned itself in. The Hilltoppers are now 11-1

Career swarms Hornets

Career forced Branford into 4 of 21 from the floor in the first half to take a 13-point lead (24-11) at halftime. Career went onto to win at Branford 50-35 to remain tied with Wilbur Cross atop the SCC Oronoque.

Notre Dame clinched a tie for the SCC Quinnipiac Division crown by beating Hamden and can clinch it outright next Friday by beating Fairfield Prep.

Sheehan now has a two-game lead in the SCC Housatonic after Shelton upset Lyman Hall.

The SCC Hammonasset is not even worth discussing - except for Jengodji Gates' school-recored 13 three-point shots to help Hillhouse paste Law and clinch a tie for the division crown.
Hyde and Cromwell both won Friday night and will both be undefeated going into Wednesday's matchup at the New Haven Athletic Center.

In other action, EO Smith upset Bloomfield and East Hartford edged Windsor.

One game away

If Cromwell can beat winless Portland tonight and Hyde can beat Morgan, the two teams will be undefeated heading into their pivotal Shoreline Conference showdown next Wednesday at the New Haven Athletic Center.

This would be the second straight year these two powerhouses would be undefeated in the regular season. Cromwell won that first meeting a year ago and won three of the four times the two teams met up in 2008-09.

You will be able to read more about this rivalry in Tuesday's print edition of the Register.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

no boys hoop games tonight

The only one, Vinal Tech at O'Brien Tech, is postponed to Feb. 8.

All girls games except for one, North Branford at Old Lyme, has been postponed.

Big games on tap for Friday:
Career at Branford
Hamden at Notre Dame-West Haven
Morgan at Hyde

Officials vs. Cancer

All week long, various basketball officials from the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Board 10, which services New Haven County, will donate a portion of their game fees to raise funds to fight cancer. They will also use either pink or white whistles while working.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Why Hillhouse prevailed

Hillhouse took an early lead, built it up, then smothered Mount Vernon guard Jabarie Hinds with a box-and-one defense.
Tavon Allen had 4-5 inches on Hinds, making it difficult for him to get loose for shots. In the box-and-one, others need to step up and Hinds' teammates never did. Mount Vernon had just 17 points by halftime - hence why Hillhouse never had to change defenses.

Freddie Wilson was plenty motivated by Wednesday's story in the Register on Hinds and played well with a game-high 21 points, along with seven rebounds and six assists. He is a complete player and is a Division I college player in the making. Allen had 18 points, making four three-point shots.

Mount Vernon would be one of the top 3-4 teams in the SCC even in what is not a vintage team under longtime coach Bob Cimmino. But if the Academics can play defense and rebound like they did Wednesday night, they can be in the Class LL final at Mohegan Sun.

But they need that consistent effort on the boards to have a chance to get there.

Hillhouse prevails

Hillhouse beats Mount Vernon 61-52. Freddie Wilson had 21 points and Jabarie Hinds unofficially had 11 for Mt. Vernon.

Hillhouse still leads

44-31 after three quarters. Freddie Wilson has 15 points and Jabari Hinds has just nine for Mt. Vernon.

Hillhouse leads 29-17 at halftime

Freddie Wilson has 16 points, four rebounds and two assists for Hillhouse, which is playing a box-and-one on Mount Vernon guard Jabarie Hinds, who has just seven points.

Hillhouse leads Mount Vernon 16-9

Jabarie Hinds has both steals for Mount Vernon. Freddie Wilson has six for Hillhouse.

Top 10 results so far

Both NVL teams in the top 10 needed overtime to survive. Here are the results:

1) Bridgeport Central (10-0) def. Trumbull 74-53
2) New Britain (11-1) lost to Bloomfield 60-55
3) Stratford (11-0) def. Oxford 91-33
4) Hillhouse (10-1) def. Foran 75-30
5) Hyde (12-0) def. Old Saybrook 63-35
6) New London (11-1) def. Putnam 78-46

7) Holy Cross (12-1) def. Wilby 82-79 (OT)
8) Bloomfield (11-1) def. New Britain 60-55

9) Sacred Heart (11-2) def. Wilby 82-79 (2 OT)
10) East Hartford (9-2) def. Maloney 67-47

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday's highlights

Wilbur Cross swept its season series with Branford, winning at home 51-47. The Govs are tied with Career atop the SCC Oronoque, but Career can control its own destiny to win it thanks to their win at Cross last Saturday.
Notre Dame takes a two-game lead in the SCC Quinnipiac thanks to Hamden beating Xavier at home.
Sheehan remained undefeated in the SCC Housatonic by pasting Shelton at home.

Score of the night: St. Joseph 110, Bassick 54. The Cadets are starting to warm up.

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Games on tap tonight

Branford at Wilbur Cross - Branford tryin to avenge its only loss
Hand at Guilford - Hand won a close one the last time around
Fairfield Prep at Law - Law's furious fourth-quarter comeback fell short last time around.

On tap for Wednesday: Mount Vernon at Hillhouse, 6 p.m.

Read about Mount Vernon's junior guard, Jabarie Hinds, in Wednesday's edition of the Register.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Top five teams in the Register Top 10 poll

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Check out the full poll in Tuesday's editions.

2010 McDonald's All American nominees

The following boys' basketball players have been nominated for the 2010 McDonald's All-American Boys' Basketball Teams. These seniors will be considered for 24 spots on the team come March. They are:
Rashad Moore (Bloomfield)
Luke Matarazzo (Choate)
Isaiah Salafia (Cromwell)
Jakarri McCallop (East Hartford)
Tavon Allen (Hillhouse)
Jengodji Gates (Hillhouse)
Steve Glowiak (New Britain)
Julian Harris (Northwest Catholic)
Josh Turner (Sacred Heart)
Phil Gaetano (Sheehan)
Tyrus Weaver (Windsor

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Career beats Wilbur Cross

Career came from behind to beat Wilbur Cross 62-56. The game was not called in by Wilbur Cross, the home team, and therefore did not make Sunday's print edition of the Register.

Mount Vernon coming to New Haven

Mount Vernon, the same New York-based school that produced former UConn standout Ben Gordon, now with the Detroit Pistons, invades New Haven on Wednesday for a regular-season showdown against Hillhouse at the New Haven Athletic Center. Game time is 6 p.m.

Chck out Tuesday's edition of the Register for how this non-conference game came about, along with injury updates to key players in the area, along with up-to-date standings and scoring leaders.

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