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Follow all the coverage of boys high school basketball throughout the state on their way to Mohegan Sun Arena, the site of this year's championship weekend, March 15-16.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dunn selected to McDonald's All-American game

New London guard Kris Dunn has been selected to play in the McDonald's All-American game March 28 at the United Center in Chicago. The game will be at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Of the 24 players selected, Dunn was the only Connecticut player selected.
 Already committed to play at Providence College, Dunn was the 2010-11 Register State Player of the Year, leading the Whalers to an undefeated season and the No. 1 spot in the final Register Top 10 poll. Dunn has already been selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte on April 14. That game will be on ESPN at 7 p.m.

Hillhouse's Bria Holmes was selected to play in the girls' McDonald's All-American game. Holmes will play at West Virginia next year. That game will come before the boys game at 7:30, also on ESPN.

Down the stretch they come

The divisions have been decided in the SCC - Hillhouse, Fairfield Prep, Cheshire and Career are your four champs. Now we find out how many teams join them in the league tournament.
Wilbur Cross put forth a great effort before falling to Career in double-overtime on Tuesday, but the Governors are still on a four-game losing streak with Xavier coming to New Haven Friday night. Right now, neither team would get a home game in the Class LL and Class L state tournaments, respectively, but there is still time to change that.
Shelton hosts Guilford and needs to win to keep hope alive of reaching the postseason. Guilford has to win its final four games to do the same, a very very tall order.
Lyman Hall's win over Sheehan Tuesday put the Trojans just one win from qualifying for the postseason. Sheehan needs two wins.
In Shoreline Conference play on Friday, Valley Regional visits Cromwell, which suffered its first loss this season at the hands of the Warriors.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Breaking down the conferences

League tournaments begin later this month. Let's take a look who might be left standing the first week of March:
SCC: Feb. 20 could be the finals preview at Quinnipiac University - Hillhouse vs. Career. Hillhouse won the first matchup way back in the season opener.
Which team can derail this matchup? I think Fairfield Prep has the best chance because their best player, Terry Tarpey, has carried the team on its shoulders. Problem with Prep is much like last year, the team did not face any of the three New Haven schools during the regular season and that could hurt them in the tournament.
It's hard to pick against a Hillhouse-Career matchup.
Shoreline: Good luck figuring out which of the four schools in the Large Division that will win the league title: Valley Regional, Cromwell, Coginchaug and Haddam-Killingworth. And is there a sleeper like Old Lyme was last season?
My guess is no and I think Friday's matchup between Valley and Cromwell could be a finals preview. Just a hunch.

SWC: Kolbe Cathedral vs. Immaculate on Feb. 17 will determine the regular-season top seed. It would be easy to pick this as the final as well but...I won't. Notre Dame-Fairfield will find a way to meet one of these two schools in the final.

CCC: Much like the SCC, it's a shame certain schools do not play one another. And Hartford Public won't face either Northwest Catholic or Windsor during the season. But Northwest plays at Windsor on Feb. 17 and Northwest would dearly love to pay back the Warriors for last year's beatdown in the CCC Tournament semifinals.
Those two teams will meet the final.

NCCC: It's Enfield...and everyone else.

ECC: It's New London...and everyone else

FCIAC: St. Joseph should be in the final. Trinity Catholic, Ridgefield and Bassick could be the opponent. Don't forget about Westhill, either.

CSC: Capital Prep vs. Classical Magnet. Khalil Dukes and Jaquann Starks combined for around 100 points back in their matchup back in December. Would be worth it to see these two teams play again.

NVL: Crosby has won the previous eight. Watertown has been a nice surprise and very well could be the champion. Wilby and Holy Cross, with a healthy Mike Mallory, should round out the final four.
I probably should have my head examined for picking against the only team that has ever won the tournament - Crosby - but Watertown is the selection.

Berkshire: How about a Northwestern-Gilbert final? Sounds good to me...

The poll is out

There have been a couple of changes in the top 10. Click here to check it out.

For more on how good Branford is this season, click here

Choate is having another good season. Its captain is a future Division I player from Wallingford.