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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, February 27, 2010

Sheehan pulls away in second half

The Titans beat their town rival for the third time this season. This one was 66-51 in the third SCC quarterfinal of the day.
Sheehan pulled away in the second half to reach the semifinals Monday night at Quinnipiac. The Titains will face the winner of the last game, Branford vs. North Haven, in the first game Monday night.

Notre Dame hangs on

Notre Dame used just two subs, both with 21 seconds left after someone fouled out, but still managed to hang on to beat Wilbur Cross 65-59 in the second SCC tournament semifinal.

Notre Dame faces Hillhouse in the semifinals Monday night.

Notre Dame ahead through three

The fifth-seeded Green Knights lead Wilbur Cross 52-44 through three quarters.Notre Dame was ahead by as many as 15 points.

Hillhouse prevails

The top-seeded Academics survived the upset bd by No. 9 Hamden, winning 63-56 in the SCC tournament quarterfinals.
Senior guard Jengodji Gates had two big three-point shots in the final 2 minutes to help the Academics hang on.

Hillhouse, Hamden tied at 45 in 4th quarter

The first game in the SCC quarterfinals is going down to the wire.

Friday, February 26, 2010

League tournament predictions

Let's see if we can do a little better than the 2-3 mark I had in the opening round for the Southern Connecticut Conference. The rest of the conference predictions follow after the SCC:

SCC quarterfinals at East Haven
No. 9 Hamden vs. No. 1 Hillhouse - Hillhouse by 12
No. 5 Wilbur Cross vs. No. 4 Notre Dame - Notre Dame must keep this game in the low 50s to have a chance. But Cross is playing as good as anyone in the league - Cross
No. 7 Lyman Hall vs. No. 2 Sheehan - Lyman Hall is overdue to win one in this series, but.... Sheehan by 3
No. 6 Branford vs. No. 3 North Haven - Can Branford put the defensive clamps on North Haven like it did Career? - North Haven by 4

Shoreline quarterfinals
No. 8 North Branford at No. 1 Hyde - Hyde
No. 7 Westbrook at No. 2 Valley Regional - Valley
No. 6 Morgan at No. 3 Cromwell - Cromwell
No. 5 Old Lyme at No. 4 Coginchaug - Coginchaug

South-West Conference quarterfinals at Bunnell
No. 6 Pomperaug vs. No. 3 Newtown - Newtown
No. 7 Weston vs. No. 2 Kolbe Cathedral - Kolbe
No. 5 New Fairfield vs. No. 4 Masuk - Masuk
No. 8 Notre Dame-Fairfield vs. No. 1 Stratford - Stratford

FCIAC quarterfinals at Fairfield Warde
No. 6 Stamford vs. No. 3 Harding - Stamford
No. 7 Trinity Catholic vs. No. 2 St. Joseph - St. Joseph
No. 5 Trumbull vs. No. 4 Bassick - Trumbull
No. 8 Ridgefield vs. No. 1 Bridgeport Central - Central

NVL quarterfinals at Wilby
No. 3 Crosby vs. No. 6 Ansonia - Crosby

No. 2 Holy Cross vs. No. 7 St. Paul - Holy Cross
No. 4 Kennedy vs. No. 5 Torrington - Torrington
No. 1 Sacred Heart vs. No. 8 Seymour - Sacred Heart

CCC quarterfinals
No. 7 Windsor @ No. 2 E.O. Smith - Windsor

No. 6 East Catholic @ No. 3 Bloomfield - Bloomfield
No. 12 Bulkeley @ No. 4 Northwest Catholic - Bulkeley
No. 16 Manchester @ No. 8 New Britain - New Britain

Thursday, February 25, 2010

SCC tournament first-round scores

Tonight's scores and Saturday's matchups. If you are keeping score (and laughing) at home, I went 2-3 in the opening round. Check back tomorrow for predictions on the SCC and other conference tournaments.

#4 Wilbur Cross 84, #13 Fairfield Prep 56

#5 Notre Dame 59, #12 West Haven 52

#6 Branford 51, #11 Career 31

#10 Lyman Hall 73, #7 Jonathan Law 65

#9 Hamden 58, #8 Xavier 54



Game 1 – #9 Hamden (13-8) vs. #1 Hillhouse (18-2) – 12 noon

Game 2 – #5 Wilbur Cross (15-6) vs. #4 Notre Dame (16-5) – 1:45 p.m.

Game 3 – #10 Lyman Hall (12-9) vs. #2 Sheehan (15-5) – 3:30 p.m.

Game 4 – #6 Branford (16-5) vs. #3 North Haven (16-4) – 5:15 p.m.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Hyde, Stratford complete undefeated regular seasons

Hyde won at Cromwell 62-39 to complete its first undefeated regular season in school history. The Howling Wolves will be the top seed in the Shoreline Conference tournament, facing North Branford at home on Saturday.

Russell Payton scored his 1,000th career points for Stratford, which completed its second straight 20-0 season by pasting Weston 80-53. Brandon Sherrod had yet another triple-double.

The only other undefeated team in the state is Nonnewaug.

unofficial Shoreline Conference pairings

These will become official later this evening. These will change only if Cromwell beats Hyde tonight:

Frist round, Saturday, 7 p.m.
No. 8 North Branford (9-10) at No. 1 Hyde (19-0)
No. 7 Morgan (10-9) at No. 2 Valley Regional (15-5)
No. 6 Westbrook (9-10) at No. 3 Cromwell (17-2)
No. 5 Old Lyme (12-8) at No. 4 Coginchaug (13-6)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

SCC tournament contingency plan

According to league commissioner Al Carbone, it is stated in the bylaws that if inclement weather postpones the opening round on both Thursday and Friday, then the bottom five teams would be eliminated and the quarterfinals would begin on Saturday at East Haven as scheduled.

Hopefully, that won't be the case.

SCC, CCC tournament pairings, predictions

Both tournaments begin Thursday. If it snows, all games go to Friday.

FIRST ROUND, 6:30 p.m.

#13 Fairfield Prep (9-11) at #4 Wilbur Cross (14-6) - Cross is playing too well right now.
#12 West Haven (8-12) at #5 Notre Dame (15-5)  - Notre Dame in a tight one
#11 Career (11-9) at #6 Branford (15-5)  - Career in a low-scoring affair
#10 Lyman Hall (11-9) at #7 Jonathan Law (14-6)  - Law
#9 Hamden (12-8) at #8 Xavier (14-6)  - Xavier

16 Manchester @ 1 Bristol Eastern
9 Southington @ 8 New Britain
13 Middletown @ 4 Northwest Catholic
12 Bulkeley @ 5 East Hartford
15 Hartford Public @ 2 EO Smith
10 Weaver @ 7 Windsor
14 Berlin @ 3 Bloomfield
11  Maloney @ 6 East Catholic

predictions: it's hard to go against any of the home teams here, but the once case where an upset may occur is Bulkeley. That team has DeShawn Hamlet back after he missed more than half the season due to disciplinary reasons. Other than that, the home teams will rule in the state's best conference.

Monday, February 22, 2010

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

SCC tournament pairings

they will become official on Monday night after the final regular-season games in the league. We already know that Hillhouse will be the top seed and that Sheehan and North Haven will be the No. 2 and 3 seeds, respectively, if they both win Monday night. That would mean byes for them into Saturday's quarterfinals.

The remaining 10 teams will play in the opening round on Thursday at the site of the higher seed. Check back tomorrow night for the complete pairings and in Tuesday's print edition of the Register.

Also check out Tuesday's paper for and up-to-date look at the rest of the area league tournaments.