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Friday, February 22, 2013

League tournament predictions

So many games to choose, so much bulletin-board material to provide. Here goes:

SCC — at Branford
No. 1 Hillhouse vs. No. 8 Cheshire, 11 a.m.: Hillhouse could have some trouble with the early start, but should pull away late
No. 4 Notre Dame-West Haven vs. No. 5 Amity, 12:45 p.m.: No way the Green Knights go out without at least one win for outgoing head coach Gary Palladino.
No. 2 Fairfield Prep vs. No. 7 Career, 2:30 p.m.: Prep wins this matchup for the third time.
No. 3 Wilbur Cross vs. No. 6 Xavier, 4:15 p.m.: Cross plays everyone well except Hillhouse. So the Govs move on.

Shoreline — at site of higher seed
No. 8 Morgan at No. 1 Valley Regional, 2 p.m.: Valley is on a mission to win the title, pure and simple.
No. 7 Haddam-Killingworth at No. 2 Old Lyme, 7 p.m.: Old Lyme
No. 6 East Hampton at No. 3 Cromwell, 2 p.m.: Cromwell
No. 5 Westbrook at No. 4 Hyde, 1 p.m.: Westbrook in a mini-upset.

FCIAC — at Fairfield Ludlowe
No. 3 Westhill vs. No. 6 Wilton, noon: Westhill rebounds from two losses to end the regular season.
No. 2 Trinity Catholic vs. No. 7 Norwalk, 2 p.m.: This was a pretty good matchup back in December. Will be again, but result stays the same: Trinity moves on.
No. 4 Bridgeport Central vs. No. 5 Ridgefield, 5 p.m.: Ridgefield
No. 1 St. Joseph vs. No. 8 Greenwich, 7 p.m.: St. Joseph

SWC — at Masuk
No. 3 Notre Dame-Fairfield vs. No. 6 Masuk, 11:30 a.m.: Notre Dame gets the road game here, but the Lancers are up to the task.
No. 2 Bethel vs. No. 7 Weston, 1:15 p.m.: Bethel
No. 4 Kolbe Cathedral vs. No. 5 Stratford, 3 p.m.: Stratford
No. 1 Bunnell vs. No. 8 Newtown, 4:45 p.m.: Bunnell

 NVL — at Wilby
No. 3 Kennedy vs. No. 6 Watertown, noon: Watertown in an mild upset
No. 2 Wilby vs. No. 7 St. Paul, 1:45 p.m.: Wilby
No. 4 Wolcott vs. No. 5 Woodland, 3:30 p.m.: Woodland
No. 1 Crosby vs. No. 8 Naugatuck, 5:15 p.m.: The Greyhounds are probably the last team Crosby wants to see in the opening round. Crosby wins in single digits.

CCC — at site of higher seed
No. 16 NWC at No. 1 Simsbury, 1 p.m.: NWC with the upset
No. 15 Wethersfield at No. 2 Windsor, 12:30 p.m.: Windsor
No. 14 Berlin at No. 3 East Hartford, 1 p.m.: East Hartford
No. 13 Bristol Central at No. 4 New Britain, 1 p.m.: New Britain
No. 12 RHAM at No. 5 Hartford Public, 1 p.m.: Public
No. 11 EO Smith at No. 6 Bloomfield, 1 p.m.: EO Smith
No. 10 Newington at No. 7 Maloney, 1 p.m.: Maloney
No. 9 Manchester at No. 8 Glastonbury, noon: A great first-round matchup. Manchester at the buzzer

ECC — at St. Bernard
No. 9 Waterford vs. No. 1 Ledyard, noon: Ledyard
No. 7 Stonington vs. No. 2 Woodstock Academy, 2 p.m.: Woodstock
No. 6 Bacon Academy vs. No. 3 New London, 4 p.m.: Bacon Academy
No. 5 NFA vs. No. 4 Windham, 6 p.m.: Windham

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

SCC tournament seedings

The SCC tournament field is set. Let's hope we can get these games in with inclement weather in the forecast for the weekend.

Quarterfinals - at Branford
No. 1 Hillhouse vs. No. 8 Cheshire, 11 a.m.
No. 4 Notre Dame-West Haven vs. No. 5 Amity, 12:45 p.m.
No. 2 Fairfield Prep vs. No. 7 Career, 2:30 p.m.
No. 3 Wilbur Cross vs. No. 6 Xavier, 4:15 p.m.

Semifinals - at East Haven
6 and 7:45 p.m.

Final - at Quinnipiac University
Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hillhouse sweeps Wilbur Cross

NEW HAVEN — It’s about that time when the Hillhouse boys’ basketball team raises the level of its defensive intensity into postseason mode.

That intensity was on full display Monday afternoon as second-ranked Hillhouse put the clamps on seventh-ranked Wilbur Cross, winning the rivalry game 52-31 at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.

“We focused hard on their shooters and their penetrators. We took charges,” said Hillhouse coach Renard Sutton, who has yet to lose to Cross in his three-year career. “I don’t know if we are ready yet. We showed some signs that we are almost there.”

check out more on Monday's game, with a photo gallery link, and a look ahead to the SCC tournament

Here are some video highlights from Monday's Hillhouse-Cross rematch: