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

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Home sweet home

BEYOND THE ARC – It didn’t matter where the game was, handshake gate is over and the semis are set. Here’s what caught my eye.

CLASS LL QUARTERFINALS

WE CAN BEAT YOU ANYWHERE – That was the chant that reigned down from the St. Joseph student section as the Cadets began to pull away from No. 9 Ridgefield last night at Fairfield Warde in the Class LL quarterfinals. A game that had received much publicity because of handshake gate and move gate turned out to be a showing of St. Joseph dominance as the defending Class LL champs won 56-37 and will move on to play another familiar face, No. 5 New London in the semis. Quincy McKnight (10 points) was by far the most impressive player on the court in my opinion. I believe I’ve said it before but, McKnight will be the next great player at St. Joe’s. Back to the game, James Jennings had 21 and four 3-pointers and Timajh Parker had 11 for the Cadets. St. Joseph went to a zone that stymied the Tigers’ offense. Early on, Jennings and Parker were in foul trouble but, they bounced back strong in the second half. As a matter of fact, the entire did as they held Ridgefield to just four points in the third quarter. Just four points! Kurt Steidl was the only Tiger in double digits with 12 points and had picked up his fourth foul in that quarter but, the Tigers are not a one-man show. So holding a team like that to just two field goals in eight minutes is an accomplishment. Now the talk of move gate and handshake gate ends and the pregame hype of New London and top-seeded St. Joseph begins. Gotta love March Madness.

ONE MORE WIN – That is all Fairifeld Prep needs and it is headed back to the Class LL finals. Seriously, the Jesuits could end up going back. Now honestly, how many of you had Fairfield Prep getting this far in the preseason? Terry Tarpey played like, well Terry Tarpey, dropping 26 points, grabbing 13 boards and swatting seven shots in the last game he will ever play at Alumni Hall for the sixth-seeded Jesuits as they knocked off No. 14 New Britain 59-48. The Jesuits will play No. 2 Hillhouse who knocked off No. 10 Manchester.

CLASS M QUARTERFINALS

BACK, BACK, FORTH AND FORTH – Notre Dame-Fairfield went from being in the game, to falling out of it to getting back into it, to winning. Yup, that’s kind of how their season went too. The sixth-seeded Lancers defeated No. 3 Kaynor Tech 57-53 last night in the Class M quarterfinals. Notre Dame-Fairfield will play No. 2 Waterford in the semis at Sheehan. This is the second straight season the Lancers have made it this far in states. Last season they fell to eventual Class M kings Trinity Catholic in overtime. Earl Coleman continued his stellar play with 14 points, Arkel Miles hit 1,000 career points, scoring six and Danny Upchurch just needs three more points to hit 1,000. Upchurch had five. C.J. Davidson also had 14 and Jake Heaton had nine.

FINALLY, AN UPSET – The Class that saw top seeds pretty much coast finally got interesting. Top seeded Enfield fell to No. 9 Ledyard 69-67 last night. The ninth seeded team will face off against No. 4 Waterford, who needed double-overtime to knock off No. 12 Brookfield 68-62.

WHAT’S GOING ON?

CT POST – Fairfield Warde is St. Joseph’s home away from home. Dave Ruden has the scoop.

CT POST – Fairfield Prep is experiencing déjà vu. Pat Pickens has more.

CT POST – You know that saying about defense? ND-Fairfield knows it too, Eliot Schickler has the story.

NEW HAVEN REGISTER – Hillhouse is going back to the semis. Joe Morelli has more.

THE DAY – More than just Kris Dunn. Mike DiMauro has more.

Henry Chisholm

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