The Fairfield Prep boys basketball team has been extremely resourceful and calm in its 2010-11 season.
Head coach Leo Redgate gives up that vibe. He’s extraordinarily unflappable. His business savvy lends itself to keeping a calm and cool demeanor, which the Jesuits have thrived off of. I’d argue that Prep’s ability to remain calm and tune out outside distractions was a major reason why it went 17-5 this year.
However, that all went out the window in the second half of the Jesuits’ 65-44 loss in the SCC semifinals on Tuesday night at Quinnipiac.
Prep was outscored 37-24 in the second half, including 19-8 in the third quarter. All of the frustration boiled over in the fourth quarter, when Redgate received a technical foul with 5:38 to go in the game after guard Robbie Bier was thrown to the ground.
Redgate was stunningly candid when talking with reporters after the game about the officiating. “I was very disappointed with the attitude of some of the referees. If they were bad both ways, it would not be a problem,” he said.
Despite the officiating, Career was the better, more athletic team and I was amazed that the Jesuits hung as tough as they did. Prep played even with the Panthers for the first quarter, and had the lead as late as the 4:56 mark of the second quarter. Career closed the half on a 10-1 run and never looked back.
The journey for the Jesuits gets no easier. Prep will host East Hartford in its first round Class LL playoff game on Monday. However, after that will likely come a road game at Crosby, and if the Jesuits can get by that, a date with top-seeded Windsor at a neurtral site in the quarters.
Prep will have to keep its cool to get beyond there.
Notre Dame advanced to the SWC finals for the second time in three years, but beating rival Kolbe Cathedral was certainly not as easy as it was the past two times the Lancers did it.
ND rallied behind the stellar play of its guards again, to beat Kolbe, 57-54 on Tuesday night. ND’s guards combined for 48 of the Lancers’ 57 points, including Earl Coleman’s 16.
ND will take on Pomperaug in the SWC final on Thursday at Weston.
Three boys basketball teams qualified for states. Their schedules were released today.
Class LL: Fairfield Prep will be the No. 9 seed and host No. 24 seed East Hartford on Monday at 7 p.m.
Class L: Fairfield Ludlowe will be the No. 25 seed and visit No. 8 EO Smith on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Class M: ND-Fairfield will be the No. 3 seed and host No. 30 Plainville on Monday at 7 p.m.
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