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Final Boys Basketball Poll

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All-FCIAC Boys Basketball

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Final League power rankings

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Tweak it, one more time…

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Class M Running Diary

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At the Class M championship

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Gotta Lovett

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Bassick Whips ’em

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Tell me if this sounds familiar.

Jovon Holden scores 40 points, shoots close to 100 percent from the line, Bassick wins.

That, in a nutshell, is what the storyline was in tonight’s 77-60 Bassick victory over Windham. That, essentially, is what every Bassick story has been the last few weeks.

It was a little scary for the West End folks who drove up to Cheshire for the game. Bassick had trouble against Windham’s tall frontcourt and interior defense. Holden couldn’t find his groove, Dexton Williamson was being pushed away from the basket. Andre Pettway wasn’t around (he missed the bus) to help out. Bassick was down 10 early in the second quarter. [Read More]

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Scouting the Whips

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As I drown my sorrows in coffee trying to figure out what in sam-heck happened to keep my beloved Syracuse Orangemen (yes, that’s Orangemen. I refuse to acknowledge the singular version) out of the NCAA tournament… I turn to the only tournament that matters now: The Class L and M boys basketball draws.

Third-seeded Bassick (20-2) takes on No. 6 Windham (19-5) in the Class L quarterfinals tonight at Cheshire High School, a hop, skip and jump from my home in Hamden. So I’m a relatively happy guy.

Here’s a quickie scouting report for the Whippets,

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Turn my headphones down

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CARDILLO here. Hello.

Can you hear me? Now?

Sitting her in Detrick Gynmasium and with the shrieking and bad dance music I feel like I’m front row center for a Justin Timberlake concert.

Ok, New Britain and Manchester have packed the gym and are loud and vocal…and a little disrepectful, yelling during the National Anthem, no less.

BUT

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Kolbe Cathedral Class S champions, 67-57

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Doesn’t look like ND’s got enough

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Kolbe Cathedral stays in front.

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ND on another run

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Status quo in the third quarter

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KC 36-24 at half

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This looked like it was going to be a big-time blow out. And it still may be. But Notre Dame made their run by getting back on the boards and outrebounding Kolbe Cathedral 12-10 in the second half. Kolbe however,helped by making just 5 of 10 foul shots in the first half.

High scorers: KC–Brianna Barnes 10 pts; Bianca Young and Ashley Prim 6; ND–Taylor Simmons 14, Candace Williams and Jesika Holmes 4. Ryann Simmons just two. Kolbe shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half and had 7 steals. Burwell made 6 assists.

Mike Cardillo’s not a big fan of sound effects here at Central, a lot of corny little diddys and sound bites, hitting his ears like fingers on a chalkboard at a gazillion decibles. He’s constantly holding his ears. I feel you Mike.

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Notre Dame makes a run

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Kolbe off to Huge start

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Class S in 9 minutes

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Barlow wins Class L girls

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NEW BRITAIN–Jenn Shinall scored 11 points and twin sister Jackie Shinall scored nine, including a crucial 3-point play with 37 seconds left to lift Barlow to a 45-42 victory over Waterford in the Class L state championship game.

The win is Barlow’s first championship since 1995, when current coach Nikki Tartaglia was a player.

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Doomsday Friday

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Bullard-Havens?

Done.

Harding?

Kaput.

Kolbe Cathedral?

Finished.

Friday night turned out to be fright night for three Bridgeport teams.

Bullard-Havens, expectedly, couldn’t handle John Galvin who had his umpteenth double double of the season in a 54-38 victory in the Class M quarters.

Harding, less expectedly, but not surprisingly,

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Championship day

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In exchange for my day off Thursday, which I gladly used to take my first trip to the Big East Tournament at MSG since I covered it in 2000, my bosses told me I’d be working Saturday.

Hey, there are no boys basketball games on Saturday. Couldn’t be a hard shift, right?

No, you’re covering the girls championship games, they said.

Ah. Very nice. I haven’t seen a girls game all year. They’re usually reserved for Post scribe “Big” Mike Cardillo. But I have an idea about what’s up. My roommate is a girls basketball coach (won’t say where), and he’s always going on about who’s doing what.

Still, I need to brush up on my girls hoops knowledge.

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The Elite Eight

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We’re down to eight Class LL teams, eight Class M teams and it’s starting to get interesting.

I was at the Crosby Palace Wednesday night, hanging with Central to see how they might fare against a program that had been stomped on by Stamford’s Jim Moriarty just days before. Crosby didn’t look great in beating Central 65-62, but it did have more points at the end.

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Slow Tourney Night (except in Fairfield)…

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At halftime of this first-round Class L tournament game, Notre Dame-Fairfield trailed East Haven team by 19 points–on its own floor, no less.

This was a dud. A real dud. And I started to wonder what I was doing there.

New Haven Register scribe Joe “Hoops” Morelli might have been thinking the same thing.

But at least I had an excuse. It was Hoops’ night off.

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Conference Standings, Day 1

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The Die Is Cast…

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On Monday morning, there were 112 high school boys basketball teams still playing.
On Tuesday morning, we’re down to 83 with 29 bowing out in the first rounds of the Class LL and Class M tournaments. Another 18 will go down tonight when Class L and S complete their first round games.

A recap of the Monday night proceedings.

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Lions’ Pride

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Cars packed the parking lot at Fairfield Warde, spilled onto curbs and dribbled into the side streets. 2,500 people packed into the gymnasium, and plenty more outside, made a large gymnasium look tiny. What they witnessed was, perhaps, one of the best stories since I’ve been at the Connecticut Post.

Bassick, whose players and coaches, students and teachers, are faced with more adversity than most Fairfield County schools see in a generation, pulled off an incredible championship victory over Trinity Catholic.

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