Now that the CIAC’s one-year experiment with the new boys basketball state playoff format has been completed, we will give grades in the two main areas, philosophy and execution.
The FCIAC had no teams left after the quarterfinal round of the state boys basketball tournaments, which came as little surprise to most observers in what was both a strange and one of the least memorable seasons in league history.
Perhaps it was somewhat fitting that one of the most lackluster FCIAC boys basketball seasons came to an inglorious ending last night. With Danbury going down in a crushing overtime loss to Notre Dame-Fairfield in Division I, and Wilton and Stamford eliminated in Division II, there will be no representative in the semifinal round, let alone at Mohegan Sun, for just the second time since 2010.
TRUMBULL — It was The Bourne Identity, Supremacy, Ultimatum and Legacy, all rolled into one unforgettable 12-minute stretch that will be etched into part of Connecticut high school basketball lore.
DANBURY — After nine days off since their last game, including two postponements, the Danbury boys basketball team was anxious to return to the court for today’s second round Division I Tournament meeting with Trinity Catholic.
HAMDEN — As Andrew McClellan emerged from his locker room tonight, he nodded toward a nearly full bucket of ice water on the floor.
WILTON — The Wilton boys basketball team was not lacking for motivation prior to tonight’s Division II Tournament opener against Norwalk.
WILTON — The Danbury boys basketball team has flourished this season because it has a player to fill every role. There are scorers, playmakers, rebounders and defenders.
Then there is Denali Burton, the Hatters’ poster child, the one who best embodies all of their qualities.
There were some who privately joked that yesterday’s FCIAC boys basketball semifinals featured first the varsity game between Danbury and Trinity Catholic and then the junior varsity match between Trumbull and Norwalk.