Articles by Dave Ruden
FAIRFIELD — Steve Tobitsch greeted his Trumbull girls basketball team at halftime as they gathered in the locker room at Fairfield Ludlowe tonight. The Eagles were in an unusual position: trailing.
I often get criticized for playing the parity card too often — sometimes with validity — but this FCIAC boys basketball tournament should not be one of those instances.
With the FCIAC boys basketball tournament starting Saturday and running for five days, it can best be called February/March Madness.
We are going to emphasize the final word and invite you to enter The Ruden Report Boys Basketball Madness Challenge.
Of the four championship matchups that could have blossomed from last night’s FCIAC girls basketball semifinals, the one with the best strategic possibilities was delivered.
Third-seeded Stamford is the hottest team in the league right now, looking very much like a Tiana England-less version of the one that last year won conference and Class LL titles, part of a 17-game winning streak that was ended last month.
FAIRFIELD — As a longtime fan of North Carolina, I am no stranger to the tactic of stalling in basketball. In the days before the shot clock was introduced to the college game, it was one of Tar Heel coach Dean Smith’s secondary strategies.
FAIRFIELD — Steve Tobitsch took a seat late tonight, a drained look on his face that was occasionally buried in his hands. In front of him, the members of his Trumbull girls basketball team, with what little energy they had remaining, were celebrating a 36-34 triple overtime win over Fairfield Warde in the FCIAC semifinals that was more a battle of attrition.
The most important decision by an FCIAC girls basketball coach this season took place in early January, during a week off in Stamford’s schedule. The Black Knights had just dropped consecutive games to Ridgefield and Trumbull.
Homestretch week. Greenwich, Fairfield Ludlowe and Staples, sitting with seven league losses, are hoping the right team (no longer Danbury) will lose out and create an opening into the FCIAC Tournament, which begins Saturday. Right now the jockeying begins for position between the teams that started today in the second through eighth positions, separated by just one game in the loss column.