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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.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Newtown wins on buzzer-beater

Newtown has been in the news constantly over the past two months following the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Tuesday night, the Newtown basketball team made national news  for a positive reason. The Nighthawks' buzzer-beating three-point shot courtesy of Mike Daubert not only beat New Milford, but also allowed Newtown to qualify for the Class LL state tournament.

It also made the No. 1 play in ESPN's Sportscenter Top 10 for Tuesday. Here it is:

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

It's Prep from start to finish

Fairfield Prep started the game on a 12-1 run and survived a fourth-quarter rally to beat previously-undefeated Hilhouse 57-52 Tuesday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.

Some analysis:

7-footer Paschal Chuwku dominated inside: 16 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks. The guards got him the ball and Chuwku produced. Imagine how good he will be when he becomes better offensively. No wonder UConn coach Kevin Ollie has been to several of his games this season.

Prep hounded Hillhouse into bad shooting: 3 of 13 in the first quarter, 19 straight missed shots in the second half. Hillhouse hadn't trailed going into the fourth quarter of any game. Prep took it to Hillhouse. As Prep coach Leo Redgate pointed out, the Jesuits are not intimidated by the Acs.

Prep freshman Ryan Murphy is going to be a star. He's a cool customer already, finishing with 16 points.

Hillhouse showed some moxie in the fourth quarter, turning Prep over nine times, cutting it to 1 and missed a free throw off a 3-point play to tie it. Then Dave Zielinski hit the biggest shot of the game, a 3-pointer to put Prep back up 4 with 2 minutes left.

So who is the best team in the SCC? Damn, it's close. I still think Hillhouse, but only by a very small amount. Prep is going to have a ton of confidence going into the postseason. Hillhouse could, and should, benefit from this loss.

Both teams believe they will see one another again in the SCC tournament, maybe even the Class LL tournament. It would take an upset for the former not to happen. in three weeks at Quinnipiac for the final.

1 vs. 2 rematch

No. 1 Hillhouse hosts No. 2 Fairfield Prep tonight at 6 at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.

Here is a brief preview of tonight's action.

The latest Top 10 poll came out on Monday.

How did the first game turn out? Hillhouse won 59-44 at Alumni Hall.

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