Court Vision: What caught my eye from Friday night’s action
BEYOND THE ARC – It’s good to be from Fairfield. You’ll find out why. St. Joseph is just fine and Stratford punched a ticket to the dance. Put on your dancing shoes, here’s what caught my eye.
UPSET SPECIAL: FAIRFIELD EDITION – How often does this happen? Don’t know what I’m referring to? Okay, first I’ll start with Fairfield Warde hosting Trinity Catholic. The Crusaders came into the contest after winning six in a row, including handing Ridgefield its’ first loss of the season. Fairfield Warde came in with two straight victories but, the Mustangs had been pretty up and down. Since the New Year, they’ve gone 4-4. Last night, they were up as they held off Trinity Catholic and came away with a 59-54 victory. Warde’s zone kept Trinity Catholic (11-4, 10-3 FCIAC) stagnant and on the offensive end of the floor the Mustangs (8-6, 6-6) fought hard for each bucket and took pretty good care of the ball. The Mustangs were led by Sal Siciliano with 12, Mike Wright had 11, Matt McTague had 10, Joe Black had eight and hit a huge trey late in the fourth. The Crusaders were held to just 20 second half points. They were led by Schadrac Casimir who had 17. The Mustangs clinch a state playoff spot for the first time under coach Ryan Swaller.
UPSET SPECIAL: FAIRFIELD EDITION – Fairfield Ludlowe pulled off one the best upsets of the season. The Falcons took on Danbury on the road and defeated the Hatters 61-57. The Falcons held off a furious Hatter comeback as Danbury outscored Fairfield Ludlowe 26-18 in the fourth quarter. Justin Berardino had 20 points and Mark Cerulli had 10. TJ Jackson led Danbury with 20. The Falcons are 4-10 and 4-8 in the FCIAC but, this is a tough team that doesn’t go down without a fight. Danbury has seen better days. The Hatters started the season 7-0. Since then, they have gone 2-5.
OH, I GUESS THEY’RE OKAY – St. Joseph won a couple games after losing Diamonte Zarba but, the Cadets didn’t look like their normal dominant selves. Well, they got back to normal at the expense of Central as they beat them 92-56. The Cadets scored 20 plus points in every quarter. Five different players scored in double-figures and Timajh Parker even stepped out and hit a 3-pointer. The Cadets (14-0, 12-0 FCIAC) also blocked 14 shots and were unfazed by the Hilltopper (8-5, 8-5) press. Parker finished with 22, Patrick Hopkins had 16, James Jennings had 14, Quincy McKnight also had 14 and Jonathan Dzurenda had 10. For Central, Marcus Blackwell had 21.
BACK TO THE DANCE – Stratford is headed back to the state playoffs after knocking off Amistad Academy 66-51. Bernard Brantley had 14 points and nine dimes. Marcus Vereen went for 20 points. The Red Devils are 8-7.
STAT STUFFERS – Bassick defeated Wilton last night 85-67. Bassick’s Demetrius Thomas finished with 28 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked five shots. Not to be outdone, Wilton’s Chris Nugent went for 30.
ONE MORE WIN – Trumbull is trying to get into the state playoffs and needs just one more victory to do it. The Eagles edged Greenwich last night 53-52. Travis Fonseca had 13 and six assists. Trumbull is 7-6 and the Eagles face Ridgefield next Tuesday.
WHAT’S GOING ON?
CT POST – Does pressing St. Joe’s work? Mike Cardillo has the story.
STAMFORD ADVOCATE – Fairfield Warde is going to states and what a way to get there. Pat Pickens has more.
STAMFORD ADOVCATE – Westhill got past Staples. Dave Ruden has the scoop.
GREENWICH TIME – Travis Fonseca makes his free throws. Scott Ericson has the story.
NEW HAVEN REGISTER – Hillhouse still hasn’t lost yet. Jim Bransfield has more.
FCIAC – If the playoffs started today…
Starting Five: The top five performers from last night’s action
Bryan Jones, Christian Heritage – Scored 35 points and made four 3-pointers in a losing effort.
Malik Mosley, Ansonia – Scored a career high 19 points in a win over rival Seymour.
Demetrius Thomas, Bassick – Scored 28 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked five shots.
Chris Nugent, Wilton – Scored 30 points in a loss to Bassick.
Joey Greenspan, Barlow – Scored 23 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked three shots in a loss to Bunnell.