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Friday, February 24, 2012

League tournament predictions part II

Plenty of games on Saturday's quarterfinal-round schedule. Here we go:
No. 8 Wilbur Cross vs. No. 1 Hillhouse: HILLHOUSE makes it a clean sweep over its city rival
No. 13 Lyman Hall vs. No. 5 Amity: LYMAN HALL is rolling and will reach the semifinals.
No. 10 Xavier vs. No. 2 Fairfield Prep: These two teams split during the regular season. PREP wins the rubber match.
No. 6 Hamden vs. No. 3 Career: Hamden struggles to close out Cheshire Thursday. But the Green Dragons will hang with Career until the fourth quarter when CAREER pulls away

No. 8 Hale-Ray at No. 1 Cromwell: CROMWELL
No. 7 Hyde at No. 2 Coginchaug: COGINCHAUG
No. 6 Old Lyme at No. 3 Valley Regional: Do you think Valley has forgotten what happened in last year's Shoreline final? I don't. VALLEY
No. 5 Old Saybrook at No. 4 Haddam-Killingworth: OLD SAYBROOK.

No. 6 Weston vs. No. 3 Notre Dame-Fairfield:  Watch out for defending champ NOTRE DAME
No. 7 Masuk vs. No. 2 Kolbe Cathedral: KOLBE
No. 5 Brookfield vs. No. 4 Bunnell: BUNNELL
No. 8 Stratford vs. No. 1 Immaculate: IMMACULATE

No. 6 Stamford vs. No. 3 Ridgefield: RIDGEFIELD beating Westhill will help them rebound for the postseason.
No. 7 Danbury vs. No. 2 Trinity Catholic: TRINITY
No. 5 Westhill vs. No. 4 Bassick: WESTHILL
No. 8 Bridgeport Central vs. No. 1 St. Joseph: ST. JOSEPH

No. 9 Bristol Eastern vs. No. 1 Hartford Public: PUBLIC
No. 5 Manchester vs. No. 4 Farmington: MANCHESTER
No. 7 East Hartford vs. No. 2 Windsor - WINDSOR
No. 6 Middletown vs. No. 3 Northwest Catholic -NWC

No. 3 Watertown vs. No. 6 Naugatuck: NAUGATUCK
No. 2 Wilby vs. No. 7 Woodland: WILBY
No. 4 St. Paul vs. No. 5 Holy Cross: ST. PAUL
No. 1 Crosby vs. No. 8 Wolcott: CROSBY

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pair reaches 1,000 points

Hamden Hall's Darren Payen went over 1,000 points for his career Wednesday in a win over St. Luke's 76-52 in the Fairchester League Tournament quarterfinals.

Billy McDonald hit the milestone for North Haven on Monday night in a win over Law in the regular-season finale.

Conference predictions, part I

The league tournaments are finally here. Let's look into our crystal ball to see who advances in Thursday and Friday's tournaments:

SCC first round - Thursday
No. 14 Shelton at No. 3 Career: Shelton makes a long awaited trip back to the postseason and gets a team that lost a game Monday with no time left on the clock. Not a good spot for the Gaels...CAREER
No. 13 Lyman Hall at No. 4 Branford: Branford has won just one game EVER in the SCC tournament and Lyman Hall will make things difficult to get No. 2...but the Hornets will find a way. BRANFORD
No. 12 Foran at No. 5 Amity: Foran has played the Spartans tough and this game will be close but...AMITY
No. 11 Cheshire at No. 6 Hamden: The two teams split during the regular season. Cheshire's guards need to get big man Nate Howard involved early and often. He also makes things difficult inside on the defensive end...CHESHIRE
No. 10 Xavier at No. 7 Hand: The Tigers stunned Wilbur Cross at the buzzer in Monday's regular-season finale? Will it carry over? Cross beat Xavier twice during the regular season, so it would seem Hand has the edge. Xavier has been inconsistent all season long. I think the good Xavier shows up Thursday. XAVIER.
No. 9 North Haven at No. 8 Wilbur Cross: Tese two Oronoque Division rivals split during the regular season on the other's home court. Hillhouse awaits the winner. WILBUR CROSS IN A CLOSE ONE.

CCC first round, Thursday
No. 16 Simsbury at No. 1 Hartford Public: HTFD PUBLIC STAYS UNDEFEATED
No. 9 Bristol Eastern at No. 8 Maloney: MALONEY
No. 13 East Catholic at No. 4 Farmington: EAST CATHOLIC
No. 12 Glastonbury at No. 5 Manchester: MANCHESTER IN OVERTIME
No. 15 New Britain at No. 2 Windsor: WINDSOR BY DOUBLE DIGITS
No. 10 Bloomfield at No. 7 East Hartford: EAST HARTFORD
No. 14 Newington at No. 3 Northwest Catholic: These two teams just played on Monday. NORTHWEST CATHOLIC WINS CONVINCINGLY AGAIN.
No. 11 Berlin at No. 6 Middletown: BERLIN

CSC first round, Friday
I'd be very surprised if the top four seeds (No. 1 Capital Prep, No. 2 Kaynor Tech, No. 3 Classical Magnet and No. 4 Goodwin Tech) don't all advance at home.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Career-Hillhouse highlights

Here are some video highlights from Hillhouse's 47-46 win over Career on Monday.

The only way these two teams can play one another again would be in the SCC tournament final next Tuesday at the TD Bank Sports Center at Quinnipiac.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Controversy reigns in New Haven

Career had come all the way back to tie the game against Hillhouse at 46 with just over 5 seconds left.
Andre Anderson takes the inbounds, heads up court, lets fly...and two sounds are heard: the final buzzer and a whistle for a foul. Anderson makes the second of two free throws to win for Hillhouse 47-46.

Read the story and watch the video here and judge for yourself if the right call was made.

Hillhouse is now the top seed in the SCC tournament and gets a bye. Career falls to No. 3 and hosts Shelton on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

SCC boys basketball pairings

The SCC tournament pairings are official after Monday night's game. Shelton beat West Haven to claim the last spot.

FIRST ROUND – Thursday, February 23 – 6:30 p.m.
#14 Shelton at #3 Career
#13 Lyman Hall at #4 Branford
#12 Foran at #5 Amity
#11 Cheshire at #6 Hamden
#10 Xavier at #7 Daniel Hand
#9 North Haven at #8 Wilbur Cross

QUARTERFINALS – Saturday, February 25 @East Haven HS

Game 1: North Haven/Wilbur Cross winner vs. #1 Hillhouse – 12 noon
Game 2: Foran/Amity winner vs. Lyman Hall/Branford winner – 1:45 p.m.
Game 3: Xavier/Hand winner vs. #2 Fairfield Prep – 3:30 p.m.
Game 4: Cheshire/Hamden winner vs. Shelton/Career winner – 5:15 p.m.

SEMIFINALS – Monday, February 27 @East Haven HS
Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner – 6 p.m.
Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner – 7:45 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Tuesday, February 28 @TD Bank Sports Center – Quinnipiac University
Semifinal winners – 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Brother vs. Brother

Greg Johnson of Career and Jordan Johnson of Hillhouse square off one more time in the regular season.

Monday. 3:30 p.m. Floyd Little Athletic Center. No. 2 vs. No. 6. Both teams have combined for one loss. City championship on the line.

Here is a look at the Johnson brothers.