Let’s play two?
BEYOND THE ARC – Three of our local Class L teams went home and two of our Class S teams will move on. Do the math, here’s what caught my eye.
CLASS L QUARTERFINALS
…IT COMES IN THREES – FCIAC runner-up Trinity Catholic, FCIAC champ Bassick and Stratford all were eliminated last night in the Class L quarterfinals. All of our local teams have been sent packing in Class L. First we will start with the FCIAC kings, the Lions of Bassick. The sixth-seeded Lions fell to third-seeded Wilby 67-63. Last season it lost to eventual Class L runner-up Northwest Catholic. The Lions got to the game late and trailed by double-digits in the third quarter before rallying back to take the lead. However, Wilby managed to claw its way back into in and pull off the four-point victory. The Wildcats (22-3) will play No. 2 Career in the semis. Meanwhile Bassick (20-6) will go home. The only Lion with double figures was Demetrius Thomas who had 20, Jerond Rogers had eight and Devin Coleman left momentarily but, returned and had five …No. 7 Trinity Catholic suffered a similar defeat, falling to Career. The Crusaders beat Career in last season’s Class M title game. This season, Career got its revenge knocking off Trinity 60-53. The Crusaders only made three field goals in the fourth quarter as Career went all Syracuse (AKA Sean Patrick Bowley) on them. Career coach Larry Kelley, proud Syracuse alum (are there any who aren’t proud? Lol), went to the 2-3 zone and held Trinity Catholic to just 31 points in the second, third and fourth quarters combined after scoring 22 in the first. As with the Lions, only one player had double-digits, that was Jason Boswell with 17 as the Crusaders’ (19-7) season is over. …Stratford put up a good fight at the close of the regular-season, in the SWC playoffs against Immaculate and in the first two rounds of the Class L tourney but, saw its title hopes dashed last night falling to top seeded Northwest Catholic 74-61. Bernard Brantley did all he could to lead the Red Devils to the next round. Get this, he scored 42 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out three assists and had three steals. If you’re going to go down, that’s how you do it. Winners never lose; they just run out of time. Nice game, man.
WHEW – Okay, now that the longest note in the short history of Court Vision is over, let’s move on.
THE SEMIS ARE SET – And no one from our area is in it. This is the first time nobody from our coverage area has advanced to the Class L semifinals since the 2008-09 campaign.
CLASS S QUARTERFINALS
COLLISION COURSE? – You know Kolbe Cathedral wants another shot at Immaculate. You know if Kolbe is winning against Capital Prep late they will be looking at the scores to see if Immaculate is winning too. The No. 2 Cougars defeated No. 7 St. Paul Catholic 68-55 last night and will face No. 3 Cap Prep in the semis. Meanwhile, fellow SWC squad and top-seeded Immaculate defeated No. 8 Gilbert by a whole lot (92-54). Immaculate has made a mockery of Class S winning their first game 82-32 over No. 16 Windsor Locks and then obliterating Gilbert like that. Dan McCorkle had 27, Sheldon Irving had 18 and Brian Hatcher had 14. Meanwhile Kolbe has been Kolbe, running teams off the floor picking up a 76-52 win over No. 15 Putnam and the 13-point victory over St. Paul. Cosrick McDonald had 19, DJ Perry had 18 and Ian Gardener led the way with 22. The Cougars defeated Cap Prep and Khalil Dukes on Dec. 14, 76-75. If the Cougars get past No. 3 Capital Prep and the Mustangs defeat No. 5 Northwestern, Kolbe will get its rematch and it will be an all SWC Class S final. They will be the first SWC teams to make it to Mohegan Sun Arena since Stratford in 2010 when it captured the Class L title with a win over New London.
CLASS LL QUARTERFINALS
WHERE ARE WE PLAYING? – Okay, everyone has an opinion on what has gone down with St. Joseph losing a home game to accommodate more fans against Ridgefield in the Class LL quarterfinals. The game will now be played at Fairfield Warde instead of having it at St. Joseph. Personally, I fell like the CIAC did the right thing the wrong way. From the offseason this decision should have been made. Not now. I understand moving it from St. Joseph because it is hard to find parking there and that gym is tight. I like the tight high school gym atmosphere but, too many people in there is a safety concern. However, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal if the CIAC didn’t make it seem like this game would be played at St. Joseph. I think ffrom the quarters on the games should be played as neutral site double headers. Fairfield Prep and St. Joseph should be playing their games at the Pitt Center at 6 and 8. As far as the coach’s going back and forth, I love trash talking. However, it seems like these two gentlemen, in particular Vito Montelli, have a real dislike for the way the other does things. Justified or not, this seems like more than just a handshake and a game venue being moved. On to the CIAC, if they were concerned with making money, this was the best case scenario. For one: They will get more people in now because the venue is bigger. Two: More people are now interested because of all the trash talk. Score one for the CIAC.
WHAT’S GOING ON?
CT POST – Is Bassick cursed? Mike Cardillo has more.
STAMFORD ADVOCATE – Trinity Catholic got a taste of the 2-3. Dave Ruden has the story.
NEWS TIMES – One more win and the SWC invitational will be underway. Kevin Hutson has the story.
STAMFORD-ADVOCATE – We need a better name for this controversy. Move gate? Dave Ruden has the scoop.
CLASS L – Updated brackets.
CLASS S – Updated brackets.