Hillhouse unanimous No. 1 in final poll

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Bobby Bynum Jr., left, and Hillhouse finished No. 1 in the state poll.

As expected, Class LL champion Hillhouse took home all 18 first-place votes in the final New Haven Register state poll of the season on Monday.

Despite losing to Hillhouse in the LL final Saturday, Fairfield Prep moved up a spot to finish No. 2.

FCIAC teams Trinity Catholic and St. Joseph each finished in the top 10, while league champion Central dropped out.  Expect the Hilltoppers to be in the Top 5 at the start of next season, however.

SWC champion Bunnell, despite losing to Class L champion Woodstock Academy in the semifinals, finished 10th in the poll. With Issac Vann and Ryan Pittman back, the Bulldogs could be in the Top 10 to start next season, too.

REGISTER TOP 10 BOYS’ BASKETBALL poll

Team Points Last Class
1. Hillhouse (26-1) (18) 540 1 LL
2. Fairfield Prep (24-3) 490 3 LL
3. Woodstock Academy (24-3) 466 NR L
4. Trinity Catholic (25-3) 378 7 L
5. Valley Regional (26-2) 342 NR M
6. East Hartford (22-5) 313 NR LL
7. St. Joseph (20-3) 265 5 LL
8. Windsor (23-4) 256 4 LL
9. Crosby (22-2) 254 2 LL
10. Bunnell (24-3) 236 10 L

First-place votes in parenthesis after record. Votes tabulated on a 30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis. All records through Sunday.

Dropped out: Bridgeport Central (6), Capital Prep (8) and Wilby (9).

Others receiving votes: Granby (23-4), 215; Bridgeport Central (21-5), 211; Wilbur Cross (21-5), 147; Xavier (16-9), 146; Wilby (21-5), 137; Capital Prep (22-3), 94; Weaver (13-12), 49; Weston (14-12), 47; Kolbe Cathedral (18-7), 19; Bethel (21-4) and Kaynor Tech (22-3), 8; Northwestern (24-1), 7.

Voters: Mary Albl, Minuteman Newspapers; Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; Bill Bloxsom, Hersam-Acorn; Jim Bransfield, Middletown Press; Chris Brodeur, Danbury News-Times; Mike Cardillo, Connecticut Post; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; John Holt, WFSB-3; Sean Krofssik, Meriden Record-Journal; Ken Lipshez, New Britain City Journal/West Hartford News; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Joe Palladino, Waterbury Republican-American; Dave Ruden, Stamford Advocate; Ben Talbott, Bird’s Eye Sports; Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant; Peter Wallace, Register Citizen; Jimmy Zanor, Shore Line Newspapers.

Poll compiled by: Joe Morelli.

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