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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A wild night in Class LL

So how does your Class LL bracket look? I had a nice 3-5 round. If anyone predicted all eight winners Wednesday night, please email me at jmorelli@nhregister.com. Even if you got seven right.

The shocker of the evening was Xavier going into Windsor and shocking the top-seeded Warriors 69-58. Windsor had lost just one game and was the CCC champion - sort of like back in 2004, when Wilbur Cross went to Windsor and shot the lights out in the second round.
This is not a vintage Xavier club, but it certainly played like one - five players in double figures and outscoring the hosts 23-5 in the third quarter.

Xavier gets to now see SCC Quinnipiac Division foe Fairfield Prep in the quarterfinals Friday in Fairfield. The Jesuits put up 86 on Crosby, the NVL champion, beating the Bulldogs in every quarter. Coach Leo Redgate spoke way back in January after the team's first loss to Notre Dame-WH that it didn't matter how many losses the team would get, as long as the team was playing its best ball at the end of the season.

Well guess what? Prep is one win away from the semifinals and beat Xavier twice during the regular season.

Hillhouse couldn't put away Harding on Monday, blowing a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter before winning in overtime. So it's not a shock that Westhill won at Hillhouse. Both teams had double digit leads and Hillhouse outscored Westhill 16-5, but couldn't hold onto it in the final quarter and the Academics have been sent home.
Most teams would love to finish with a 22-3 record and an SCC championships. But anything less than a state championship is usually a disappointment at Hillhouse, so there's no reason to think otherwise.

Wilbur Cross made a spirited fourth-quarter comeback against McMahon without its top player, Gerald McClease (ACL injury), but fell short 57-51. Ray Melvin and Kyle Holmes combined for 36 points, but it wasn't enough as McMahon moves onto play St. Joseph, a rematch of a close game won by St. Joes during the season. St. Joes beat Stamford for the second time, but both were by two points.

Holy Cross and Ridgefield held serve at home and will face one another Friday. Westhill will face Glastonbury, an upset winner over Hartford Public.

So if you are keeping score at home, three league champs got sent packing Wednesday: Windsor (CCC), Crosby (NVL) and Hillhouse (SCC).

2 Comments:

Blogger Jodi said...

why do i have to read this on line & not in the newspaper that i pay for.....4 upsets in hoops & a #2 hockey team goes to overtime but where in your newspaper i pay for has more than a few words on...your article should have been in the paper.............high school sports need more ink our young people deserve it

March 10, 2011 at 6:22 AM 
Blogger Joe Morelli said...

Jodi,

unfortunately Notre Dame hockey and Hillhouse basketball did not call in or send in their boxes last night. I found someone late to get what happened at the Hillhouse game. What I wrote is an opinion piece athat is why it is online. Xavier and Prep called in their wins and you saw those in the paper.

March 10, 2011 at 1:22 PM 

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