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Sizing up Tuesday’s key contests

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Anyone who confesses to having a read on the FCIAC this year is just plain out lying. The only certainty is the unexpected.

We all knew Trinity Catholic would be flat, coming off of last Tuesday’s surprisingly easy rout of Ridgefield three days earlier, against Brien McMahon, but not to the point that the team with the league’s second-worst record should have stayed in the game as long as it did.

Stamford, which has struggled all year, came through with a big win over a Danbury team with a talent level that should be better than 5-9.

Tuesday night we have a few intriguing games though nothing that is a must-see event.

Here’s a look at the games to watch (all are 7 p.m. starts).

GAME OF THE NIGHT

Norwalk (11-4) at St. Joseph (13-1): As I’ve repeatedly stated, I can’t tell yet if the Bears are a legitimate championship threat or just a very good team. It will be interesting to see how they fare as they travel to play in hostile territory to go against the Cadets, who right now carry the stamp — albeit tenuously — of FCIAC favorite.

OTHER GAMES OF NOTE

Fairfield Ludlowe (7-7) at Trinity Catholic (13-1): This is the kind of matchup that could give the Crusaders trouble if they come out like they did against McMahon instead of with the intensity that fueled their rout of Ridgefield. The Falcons will try to keep the game in the 30s or 40s, the Crusaders will want to go at 78 rpms to capitalize on their superior personnel. Which team will dictate tempo?

Wilton (9-5) at Staples (8-6): Call this Game of the Night Jr. Both teams have recovered from slow starts and are among the hottest in conference play. Both are currently tied for the final two seeds in the FCIAC Tournament. One will come away in a much stronger position.

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