Plenty happened on opening night: In the shocker of the night (because of the score, not the result): Ludlowe spanks Bassick 69-55 (strong defense, balanced scoring). …Notre Dame-West Haven routs East Haven for coach Gary Palladino‘s 500th victory. …freshman Trey McPherson has a strong opening night for Notre Dame-Fairfield in the SWC tipoff tournament win over Abbott Tech (15 pts. 5 steals). …Hand outlasts Masuk (SCC 1, SWC 0). …Stratford beats Amity (SCC 1, SWC 1). …Trinity Catholic transfer Zac Messinger leads Ridgefield with 26 points, but Central gets 22 from Jerome Parkins and 20 from Jerry Washington in a 15-point home win. …Harding struggles early, but puts Darien away. …Andrei Oztemel (25 points) and John DeBartolomeo (at right, scoring two of his 17 points), lead Staples past Fairfield Warde.
Here’s the Connecticut Post‘s local roundup: Roundup, December 17
Other than the Ludlowe win, one of the other interesting results was New Canaan’s 68-52 win over Norwalk, which came without guard Jamie Pares (injury), but with 21 points apiece by Joe Sindelar and Ian Knechtle. …Also, Chris Evans torched Danbury for 24 points in Stamford’s victory.
The 3-point Award goes to Christian Heritage’s Jason Perrier, of Bridgeport, who had six. For CIAC schools, Harding’s Davon Pratt and Shelton’s Aaron Gagner both had five in their teams’ victories. Highest Quarter Award goes to Notre Dame-Fairfield and Kennedy, which both scored 26 points in their respective games against Kaynor Tech and Seymour.
With weather a possible issue on Friday (rain, sleet, snow), we have a few preemptive postponements: Amity at Law is pushed to Saturday. Check the CIAC’s Master Varsity Schedule for to-the-minute updates.