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Thursday, December 29, 2011

A busy day at the Vanguard Classic.

Six games. Nearly 12 hours. A rough start but an exciting ending.
The best game was the Career girls knocking off undefeated and No. 1 Hillhouse in overtime.
As far as the boys games go, the last one was the best one: Crosby, despite getting outrebounded by 25, managed to come from behind to stun Wilbur Cross 62-59. Crosby got a free throw, steal and layup in a 5-second span to account for the three-point win.
Tyshon Rogers had a game-high 24 points for Crosby.
After opening the season 3-0, the Govs have dropped three straight to Hillhouse, North Haven and Crosby all in New Haven. This was a bad loss. You can't have such a huge rebounding advantage and lose, simple as that.
Cross coach Anthony Hill sat his top player, Kyle Holmes, for disciplinary reasons in the third and fourth quarters. Holmes came back in with just under 2 minutes left. He finished with eight points and passed on the game-tying three-point shot to Jaylin Fuller, who missed.
Career pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat a rebuilding Stratford club 57-44. Bernard Brantley had 21 for Stratford before fouling out with 3:47 left. Career is 4-1 and looks to be the best team - not by much - in the SCC's best division, the Oronoque.

Hilhouse also struggled to put away rebuilding Harding. winning 47-34 to move to 6-0. Hillhouse had survived against Harding in the opening round of the Class LL state tournament a year ago, winning in overtime. The Academics will cruise in the SCC Hammonasset once again.

Hyde is also rebuilding, but hung tough against Kolbe Cathedral before falling 47-38 in what was truly a dreadful game on offense. Kolbe is now 5-0, Hyde 2-3.
Hamden beat its SCC Quinnipiac Division rival West Haven 47-34 in the opener. The Green Dragons kept the wraps on WH's leading scorer Tieron Jackson, holding him to 13 points after he went off for 77 combined last week.

All in all, a good day of basketball at the Floyd Little Athletic Center as we move into conference play.

Right now, everyone is chasing St. Joseph until at least Jan. 10, when the Cadets play at Trinity Catholic.


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