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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Doc Hurley madness

The state's longest winning streak has ceased to exist, courtesy of Hillhouse.
The Academics beat New London 64-61 at the Doc Hurley Classic Saturday, snapping the Whalers' 28-game winning streak.
As Hillhouse coach Renard Sutton put it in the article on, defense has long been the hallmark of the program. And defense the Academics played.
They forced turnovers. They forced New London ti rush shots. And most importantly, they made New London guard Kris Dunn work for every bit of his 26 points.
Andre Anderson, Bobby Bynum and Rich Bronson are part of a scary three-guard attack that is very good on both ends of the floor. But they all had turns harassing Dunn into a difficult shooting game. We also found out how much the Whalers will miss Torin-Child Harris, a two-time Register All-State selection. DeAnte Bruton filled up the stat sheet with 20 points as he was open often when the Academics went to double-team Dunn. But none of Dunn's other teammates were able to muster much offense. Dunn was able to run free last year because opponents couldn't and wouldn't abandon Harris.
Now comes part one of the city rivalry against Wilbur Cross, which dismantled Bulkeley 69-50 in the game following Hillhouse-New London. It wasn't nearly that close - Cross was up 65-32 through three quarters. The Governors are deep and look to be better than anticipated.
Will they press the Academics? How will Cross handle Hillhouse's half-court defense? It's always an offensive struggle when these two teams get together. But the Govs will have to do something New London couldn't do - or most of his opponents couldn't prevent when he led Lyman Hall to the Class L state semifinals last year - keep Bronson out of the lane. He creates havoc when he gets deep into the post.
With weapons like Anderson and Bynum on the perimeter, and some athletic big men who can finish, that makes Bronson all the more dangerous.
6 p.m. Floyd Little Athletic Center Tuesday, Dec. 20. Be there.

Friday, December 16, 2011

What have we learned?

Two games into the SCC season...what have we learned?

a) Amity is 2-0 and may be better than we thought
b) North Haven is 2-0, already halfway to last year's win total. We knew they would be better, but how much?
c) Hamden is 2-0, but the jury is still out.
d) Branford as expected is 2-0
e) Wilbur Cross and Hillhouse are 2-0. Both have games later today at the Doc Hurley in Hartford against New London and Bulkeley, respectively. Then they both play each other next Tuesday. Still way too early for these two Elm City rivals to play but, that is what the SCC schedule says, so be at the Floyd Little Athletic Center at 6.

those SCC teams that are 0-2 have some work to do to try and get into good position by the time the calendar turns to 2012... IN JUST TWO WEEKS!!!!

In other news...
In addition to Career losing to Hillhouse, Crosby was the only other top 10 team to lose. Wilby hammered Crosby 86-59 Friday night. Wilby looks to have returned to power in the NVL.

We will know a little more after today's games at Doc Hurley. Stay tuned...

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First week continues

Hillhouse come a thrilling 48-47 win over Career Wednesday night to face Notre Dame-West Haven tis evening. Then the Academics hop on a bus on Saturday to travel to Hartford to face top-ranked New London in the Doc Hurley Classic at Weaver High at 2:45.
Wilbur Cross comes off its win over Hand to play at Cheshire at 6:45 p.m. The Govs, too, play in the Hurley Classic Saturday, facing Bulkeley following the Hillhouse-New London game.
Career tries to bounce back at Lyman Hall this evening. Fairfield Prep is at Foran in other SCC interdivision action. An intriguing non-conference game pits Hyde at Stratford, two of the four 2010-11 state champions. This is the first time the two teams are facing one another. It is the season opener for both teams.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Doc Hurley Classic

The 37th annual Doc Hurley Classic will be held Thursday through Saturday at Weaver High School. You have some mega-matchups featuring teams ranked in the Register's Top 10 preseason poll.

Here is the schedule:

4:45 p.m.: Capital Prep vs. Windsor
6:30 p.m.: Weaver vs. Maloney
8 p.m.: Hillhouse vs. Lauralton Hall
4:45 p.m.: Putnam Science Academy vs. South Kent
6:30 p.m.: Robinson School vs. Masters School
8 p.m.: Hartford Public vs. Weaver
1 p.m.: Bloomfield vs. Waterford
3 p.m.: New London vs. Hillhouse
5 p.m.: Bulkeley vs. Wilbur Cross
6:30 p.m.: Classical Magnet vs. Capital Prep
8 p.m.: East Hartford vs. Windsor

You cannot beat these ticket prices: $5 on Thursday, $5 on Friday and $10 for Saturday. Call 860-819-9750 or 860-883-8491 or email

Let's get it started

The season tips on Wednesday. To get you ready....

the top 25 players in the state

check out who made the Register's preseason poll

Here is a breakdown of some of the state's conferences

Check out team-by-team capsules.

And take a look at which team may be the best in the area this season