Court Vision: What caught my eye from Friday night’s action
BEYOND THE ARC – We are starting to find out who is tops and who is not. Who will be No. 1 and who will be 86’ed out of playoff talks. Immaculate got it done, Kolbe Cathedral had a rough week and so did Ridgefield. Time is running out, here’s what caught my eye.
IMMACULATE REDEMPTION – Immaculate suffered its first loss of the season last week. The Mustangs fell to a tough Weston squad by just three points. Kolbe Cathedral was still undefeated and the clash of undefeateds that was to take place just seven days later was slightly changed. Then Kolbe lost its first game to Bunnell earlier in the week and the Mustangs had a chance to get back on top of the SWC. They didn’t waste that chance dismantling Kolbe 61-43 in front of 1,000 raucous, screaming and very happy fans in Danbury. The Mustangs improve to 18-1 and 13-1 in the SWC. Pomperaug is Immaculate’s next opponent on Tuesday. Sheldon Irving had 18, Brian Hatcher had 12, Dan McCorkle had 11 and Marcos DeOliveira had seven. For Kolbe (17-2, 12-2) Ian Gardener had 19 and was the only Cougar in double-digits as a tough week for Kolbe comes to a close.
KD2K – Congrats to New London’s Kris Dunn who scored his 2,000th career point last night in an 89-54 over Woodstock Academy. The Providence-bound senior had 29 for the game as New London sits at 18-2.
I WAS JUST THINKING – I don’t know how many of my readers have had the chance to see Dunn play. However, as a curious young basketball journalist and fan I want the opinions of some of the OG’s of high school ball. Is Kris Dunn the best Connecticut high school basketball player since Tevin Baskin? Or better yet, is he better than Baskin? What do you guys think?
ROUGH WEEK FOR THE TIGERS – Ridgefield had a rough go of it this week. The Tigers were upset by a tough, talented, up and coming Fairfield Ludlowe team Monday and then on Wednesday got obliterated by Staples 60-34. St. Joseph (Monday) and Westhill (Wednesday) are up next week. The Tigers are 14-4 and 12-4 on the season in the FCIAC. They are tied with Bassick, Trinity and Westhill for the second seed in the FCIAC tournament. The Tigers defeated Bassick, Trinity handed Ridgefield its first loss of the season and Westhill plays Carl Charles’ boys on Wednesday. This. Is. Crunchtime.
SPEAKING OF THE PLAYOFFS – The Conference playoffs are all the talk right now but, let’s not forget the Big Dance, the state tournament. There is no better feeling than being able to say you’re the best team in the state. There a few teams still trying to get in the state playoffs and with just one week left in the season they have to get that important eighth win soon. In Class LL: Shelton (7 wins), the Gaels play West Haven on Monday. Class M: Barlow (7 wins) faces an angry Kolbe squad on Monday.
WHAT’S GOING ON?
CT POST – Immaculate was thinking about Kolbe. Richard Gregory has more.
NEW HAVEN REGISTER – Valley Regional took on Haddam Killingworth, see what happened courtesy of Joe Morelli.
FCIAC – A look at the playoff picture in the FCIAC.
BOSWORTH HOOPS – A look at some of the top recruits from the NPSI from Brian Bosworth.
FIVE STAR BASKETBALL – The season is almost over, but #basketballneverstops. Enroll your kid in a camp.
FCIAC BASKETBALL — How does Nick Tarantino see things finishing in the FCIAC?
Starting five: The top five performers from last night’s action
Terry Tarpey, Fairfield Prep – Scored 29 points for the Jesuits to lead them to a victory.
Sean Obi, Greens Farms Academy – Scored 25 points, grabbed 21 rebounds and dished out three assists in a win over Kingswood-Oxford.
Dondre Joyner, O’Brien Tech – Stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists and six steals as the Condors won their seventh straight game.
Matt Nolting, Bunnell – Scored 29 points as the Bulldogs won for the eighth time in their last nine games.
Arkel Miles, Notre Dame-Fairfield – 24 points and 10 boards came from him as the Lancers took out New Milford.