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Sizing up Thursday’s key FCIAC boys basketball games

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Thanks to the impending snowstorm/blizzard/false alarm Nemo — Nemo? — the entire slate of FCIAC boys basketball games has been moved up a day, to Thursday night.

The two best games — really the only two good games — of the night involve the current top two seeds in the standings, and should provide good tests.

Westhill, which is continuing to play the Rodney Dangerfield card of not getting any respect, can jump through another obstacle.

Meanwhile, in news I received second hand, one FCIAC coach reportedly said of the likely top four seeds in the playoffs, he would prefer to face St. Joseph. Personally, the Cadets are the team I would least like to see.

Anyhow, here are the games to keep an eye on tonight (all starts at 7 p.m.)

GAME OF THE NIGHT

Bridgeport Central (11-3) at St. Joseph (14-1): The Hilltoppers have their groove on. After an opening-night loss to Trinity Catholic, the coach of the Crusaders, Mike Walsh, accurately predicted Central would eventually come together and emerge as a contender. It has and can further enhance its status against a St. Joseph team that destroyed Norwalk on Tuesday, jumping out to a 19-point lead after one quarter and getting 20-plus point efforts from Jake Pelletier, Jon Dzurenda and Quincy McKnight.

OTHER GAMES OF NOTE

Westhill (14-1) at Staples (9-6): The Wreckers, after an early slide, are one of the hottest teams in the league and have been skyrocketing in the standings. Can they continue the ride? A lot will depend on whether their guards will succumb to the Vikings’ pressure trap, which has bothered every opponent.

Fairfield Warde (4-11) at Trinity Catholic (14-1): Say what? This game should be an easy one on paper for the Crusaders. But they have been lackluster since their impressive blowout of Ridgefield, struggling against Brien McMahon and Fairfield Ludlowe. If Trinity sleepwalks for a third straight time, Walsh will have every right to wonder whether his players have become too enamored of their positive clippings.

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