Tuesday’s Class LL and M high school boys basketball notebook

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BEYOND THE ARC – Fly Eagles fly, Arkel approaches a Milestone and there’s going to be a pretty good match up in the Class LL second round. Here’s what caught my eye.

CLASS LL FIRST ROUND

24 – Trumbull was playing like the No. 26 team in the first half against No. 7 Crosby. Trailing by 11 at the half and only scoring seven points in the second quarter put Trumbull in a precarious, but not surprising, position. In the second half, the Eagles got it together and rallied scoring 24 fourth quarter points to gain a 58-52 upset win over the Bulldogs in the first round of the Class LL tournament. The Eagles will now face No. 10 Manchester, who knocked off No. 23 Greenwich.  Sam Turner had 14 to lead the Eagles and Travis Fonseca added 11 for Trumbull (11-10). The Eagles almost knocked off Trinity Catholic in the last game of the regular-season as the Crusaders needed a Paschal Chukwu tip in at the buzzer to seize the victory. Maybe that performance by the Eagles wasn’t a fluke.

MUST SEE MATCH UP – No. 6 Fairfield Prep and No. 11 Westhill are on a collision course in the second round of the Class LL tourney. The Jesuits (19-2) got past No. 27 Norwalk last night 63-58 and the Vikings defeated No. 22 NFA 68-57. Although Westhill (15-6) should be the favorite in this game, the match up of Chris Walters (13 points last night) up against Terry Tarpey (26 points last night) is worth the price of admission.

START THE BOAT – Well, now let’s take this time to look at some higher seeds who got sent packing last night. There weren’t too many upsets last night but, here we go: The aforementioned Bulldogs of Crosby bowed out to No. 26 Trumbull. No. 8 Amity didn’t fare much better, falling to No. 25 Simsbury.  That was pretty much it; do you guys see any potential upsets in the second round?

CLASS M FIRST ROUND

23 – That’s how many points Notre Dame-Fairfield’s senior center Arkel Miles needs to hit 1,000 for his career. Last night Miles went for 10 as the No. 6 Lancers took out No. 27 SMSA 54-36 in the first round of the Class M tournament. The Lancers will face No. 22 Granby Memorial in the second round. Earl Coleman dropped 19 to lead the team and Dan Upchurch had 18.

UPSET SPECIAL – No. 19 Foran played like the higher seed dismantling No. 14 O’Brien Tech 67-43. The Lions move on to face No. 3 Kaynor Tech as they face off against another tech school. Austin Woods led the team with 17, Shawn Cariglio had 15 and James Richetelli had 14 for Foran (12-9).

NO SHAKE UPS – Other than Foran winning, there really weren’t too many upsets to speak of in Class M. No. 22 Granby defeated No. 11 Wilcox Tech 66-34 and No. 23 Bacon Academy knocked off No. 10 Stonington. Other than that, everything else held serve.

WHAT’S GOING ON?

STAMFORD ADVOCATE – Fairfield Prep moves on. Doug Bonjour has more.

STAMFORD ADVOCATE – Westhill is back to normal. Dave Ruden has the story.

REPUBLICAN AMERICAN – Trumbull never gave up. Mark Jaffee has more.

THE DAY – New London advances. Mike DiMauro has the story.

Henry Chisholm

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