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Friday, March 11, 2011

Career moves on

A low-scoring affair took place at Wilbur Cross Friday night. Neither team, Career or Weaver, had more than a 5-point lead in the game. Career came from behind and held off Weaver 55-52 in the Class M state quarterfinals, thanks to some great free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter (10 of 11) and a steal by guard Brandyn Benson in the final seconds to prevent a last-second three-point attempt by Weaver.
Now top-seeded Career makes its first appearance ever in a state semifinal Tuesday night, facing No. 4 Enfield at New Britain for the right to head to the Mohegan Sun next weekend. Career is the only team from New Haven left in the entire tournament.

In the other Class M semifinal, Notre Dame-Fairfield, the No. 3 seed, will face No. 18 Trinity Catholic at East Haven High Tuesday. Both teams have tremendous guards, Schadrac Casimir and Jonathan Boykin for Trinity, Dan Upchurch and Tre McPherson for Notre Dame, which needs to have the lead midway through the fourth quarter, because you know what Trinity will do - go four corners and force you to come get them.

In Class LL, No. 5 Ridgefield eliminated No. 4 Holy Cross while in an All-SCC Quinnipiac Division battle, Fairfield Prep advances past Xavier on a buzzer beater from rising star Terry Tarpey, who finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds. The two Fairfield County schools will face one another at a site to be determined Tuesday.
St. Joseph hammered fellow FCIAC team McMahon 89-73 and will face No. 14 Glastonbury in the LL semifinals Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the New Haven Athletic Center.

The tournament takes the weekend off and resumes on Monday with the Class L and S quarterfinals at the site of the higher seed.


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