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.
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.
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.
TRUMBULL — There were missed free throws, ill-advised shots, poor decision making and panic moves.
And the Trinity Catholic boys basketball team, four minutes away from its biggest win of the season, saw a 15-point lead over Trumbull whittled down to two in the final seconds.
FAIRFIELD — There were 42 seconds remaining tonight when Fairfield Warde boys basketball coach Ryan Swaller removed his remaining starters from what would end up being an 84-72 win over Brien McMahon. There was loud applause in the stands and more importantly huge smiles on Swaller’s players, who after a sluggish beginning used a 26-4 burst to close the first half and break the game open.
One of the best high school sports days of the year, the FCIAC Boys Basketball Tournament quarterfinals, is less than two weeks away. As expected, a year in which there are no Division I players has created more unpredictable outcomes. In the last week Staples defeated Ridgefield and Fairfield Ludlowe knocked off Darien, and neither result, despite the records, can be categorized as shocking.
FAIRFIELD — Trumbull’s Johnny McElroy, who has played in a number of dramatic games in two sports, said there was a moment in the third and final overtime tonight against Fairfield Warde, as he was preparing to inbound the ball, that he afforded himself a private moment to appreciate the four-act spectacle in which he was a major protagonist.
The new darling team in the FCIAC has a 9-5 record, is tied for the sixth place in the standings and 2-3 against opponents it is either behind or tied with.
So why is everyone all of a sudden so hot for the Ridgefield Tigers?
STAMFORD — Moments after Fairfield Warde’s 67-60 win over Trinity Catholic tonight, both coaches spoke about the quest of qualifying for the FCIAC Tournament.