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Monday, March 14, 2011

Higher seeds hold serve

Class LL looks to be the only upset bracket - besides No. 18 Trinity Catholic in Class M.

On Monday, the top four seeds in Class L advanced - Northwest Catholic over Bassick, Lyman Hall over Berlin, New London over Hand and Maloney over Kennedy. Only New London had an easy time of it.
Lyman Hall allowed just six points in the fourth quarter and Rich Bronson was immense. You can read the story here.
The Trojans now face Northwest Catholic, which had a tough time putting away Bassick at home. The semifinal is Wednesday at Central Connecticut State University at 7 p.m. Lyman Hall will need to play some tough defense, including their big men, Jack McCarthy and Jason Dempsey, who have a tough chore trying to match up with Kuran Iverson if that is the route head coach Mike Conner chooses. Northwest is the favorite.
In the other half, Maloney faces New London in a rematch of the 2008 Class L semifinal, won by Maloney 72-50 on the same floor, the New Haven Athletic Center.
Let's see...New London avenged a tournament loss in last year's final to Stratford by beating the Red Devils on their home floor in this year's season opener. The Whalers avenged a 2009 second-round home loss to Hand tonight. What could they have in store for the Spartans? It should be fun with the state's best backcourt, Torin Childs-Harris and Kris Dunn, going up against a fine guard in his own right, Ryan Belote.

In Class S, the top four seeds also advanced. Top-seeded Valley Regional rallied in the fourth quarter to eliminate Kolbe Cathedral at home. Now the Warriors face St. Paul in the semifinals on Wednesday at East Haven High. Valley eliminated St. Paul last year in the quarterfinals. Should be another barn-burner.
The other semifinal is a rematch of the Constitution State Conference final: Capital Prep vs. Classical Magnet, won by Classical Magnet in overtime.

On tap tonight are the Class LL and M semifinals.


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