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Playoff picture will gain greater clarity tonight

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A few pieces to the FCIAC boys basketball puzzle will be resolved tonight, most importantly finalizing the eight-team field. The top 5 seeds will be locked into place, though 6-8 will not be settled until Thursday night, when Norwalk finishes the regular season against Warren Harding (which has a make-up game to play tonight).

Even in this season of parity, it is hard to make a case for either St. Joseph or Trinity Catholic losing tonight, so they should be No. 1 and 2, respectively. The big piece to the puzzle up top is Bridgeport Central facing Brien McMahon. Barring a seismic upset by the Senators, Westhill will be the No. 3 seed regardless of its outcome tonight with Ridgefield. The Tigers would then be the fourth seed with a win or No. 5 with a loss and still face the Hilltoppers in a great first-round game between two teams capable of winning the championship.

Sizing up Wednesday’s best games

GAME OF THE NIGHT

Bassick (10-9) at Staples (11-8): Not the best game of the night but the one with the greatest implications. If Staples wins, it earns the final playoff berth and will be either the No. 7 or 8 seed in the playoffs. If it loses, Greenwich gets the spot with a win over Danbury, which showed a lot of heart defeating the Wreckers in double overtime on Monday. It doesn’t hurt Staples that Bassick was eliminated from the FCIAC playoff race Monday and its two-year reign as champion will be over.

OTHER GAMES OF NOTE

Westhill (15-4) at Ridgefield (15-4): Ironic that easily the best game of the night, assuming Central wins, will mean absolutely nothing in the standings. Westhill would be the No. 3 seed and Ridgefield either No. 4 or 5, which would mean nothing in terms of its route to the FCIAC title. Still, this is a good test for both teams on the eve of the postseason. Westhill earned great respect for a heroic effort in Monday’s 2-point loss to St. Joseph. A win at one of the toughest gyms to play in won’t hurt the Vikings’ confidence, especially since they have lost three of their last four games. The Tigers have rebounded from a midseason swoon to win five straight games, though all have come against the bottom of the league. They step up in class tonight. Given their four losses have come against league playoff teams, a win tonight would also provide a nice psychological lift.

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