Early fouls not a problem for Prep’s center in win over Hillhouse

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Fairfield Prep center Paschal Chukwu dunks the ball in the Jesuits' 72-62 win over Hillhouse on Saturday. (Photo by Christian Abraham)

Fairfield Prep center Paschal Chukwu dunks the ball in the Jesuits’ 72-62 win over Hillhouse on Saturday. (Photo by Christian Abraham)

In four meetings against Hillhouse last season, Fairfield Prep lost three times, including in the SCC and Class LL championship games.

The Jesuits are 1-0 against the Academics in 2014 after a 72-62 win on Saturday at Alumni Hall.

Senior center Paschal Chukwu again made a difference in the paint for No. 1 Prep, notching 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks. The 7-footer picked up two early fouls, but didn’t head to the bench. The second-ranked Academics weren’t able to get a third foul on Chukwu until the second half.

“I would want to believe without the 7-footer standing at the basket it’s a different story,” Hillhouse coach Renard Sutton said. “But, (the Jesuits) are good. They play together, they play well. They’re very well coached. They executed their stuff.”

“There’s a couple shots I didn’t contest because I was trying to stay out of foul trouble,” Chukwu said. “But at the same time, I’m making them think twice about going to the basket.”

Chukwu eventually fouled out, but not until 1:45 left with the Jesuits up double digits.

The win certainly meant a little extra for 6-0 Prep, which saw its title dreams dashed by Hillhouse a year ago. 

“On our home court it’s always nice to win,” sophomore guard Ryan Murphy said, “especially against a team that is very, very good and that beat us last year; kicked our butt last year in the state championship (52-42).”

  • The Jesuits haven’t had any trouble scoring this season. In fact, Saturday’s 72-point night was the Jesuits’ lowest output of the year. Through six games, they’re averaging 85 points.

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