Boys Basketball

Norwalk 58, Trinity Catholic 53: With Big Game, Zaire Wilson May Have Played His Way Back To Bench

NORWALK — Zaire Wilson was not in the Norwalk boys basketball team’s starting lineup against Trinity Catholic on Tuesday night. His coach, Thomas Keyes, did not give a specific reason.

Wilson may have played himself back to the bench Friday night. The reason? Scoring 19 points and shutting down the Crusaders’ best player in the fourth quarter to key the Bears to their biggest win of the year, 58-53.

“Maybe he didn’t like coming off the bench,” Keyes said with a grin. “He’s had some really good games for us. We think when it all clicks for him he’s good at both ends of the floor.”

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Second-Chance Points: Is Central Vulnerable Following Loss to Westhill?

STAMFORD — Perhaps the Westhill High School boys basketball team’s 78-75 overtime win over Bridgeport Central on Friday night, after three days of digestion, is not the upset it seemed at the final buzzer.
For one, the Hilltoppers, who still possess the FCIAC’s best talent, had given signs of being beatable. They were coming off a 5-point win over Wilton. There was a 4-point escape at Ridgefield. victories over Brien McMahon and Norwalk in a three-game span came by a combined 6 points.

There have been few routs. The two biggest came against Harding and Bassick, city rivals.

Westhill 78, Central 75: Vikings Work Overtime To Get The Big Win
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Commentary: Vikings Work Overtime To Get The Big Win

STAMFORD — He twisted, turned, spun and contorted to dribble through defenders or drive to the basket.

In a game he admitted was the best of his career, in a game that was the FCIAC’s best of the year so far, Jeremiah Livingston put the Westhill boys basketball team on his shoulders and carried it to a 78-75 overtime win over unbeaten Bridgeport Central on Friday night.

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Second-Chance Points: All 5 Pieces The Reason Cardinals Are Built To Last

GREENWICH — There were a number of impartial observers who traveled to Greenwich High School on Tuesday night. The impetus was not to watch one of the FCIAC’s two remaining unbeaten teams, but rather what was an anticipated coming-out party for St. Joseph.

The Cadets had underachieved but were riding a two-game winning streak that coincided with the debut of Arkel Ager, the transfer who had been ineligible.

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Commentary: St. Joseph Needs What Greenwich Has

GREENWICH — Come on, admit it, a lot of us showed up at Greenwich High School Tuesday night expecting a changing of the guard. Or at least the possibility.

People still were not believing in an unbeaten Greenwich, expecting imminent deflation. And who possessed the pin? St. Joseph. Because no one believed the Cadets could continue as poorly as they started because, well, they are the Cadets. And the reserves had arrived.

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Poll: Who Is The Midseason Boys Basketball Coach Of The Year

I just posted my FCIAC boys basketball midseason report, and one of the most difficult choices was for Coach of the Year. A number of coaches, many of them with just a few seasons or less under their belts, have positioned their teams for high seeds or playoff berths.

Talk to a number of coaches and they will offer a different candidate for the best job so far.

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Trinity Catholic 66, Stamford 52: Crusaders Poised For Second-Half Run

STAMFORD — The warning sign came during warmups poor to Friday night’s game with Stamford, when Trinity Catholic behaved very unlike a 4-6 team, playing a contest of can-you-top-this in a dunking exhibition that occurred before the referees took the court and a technical foul could be assessed.

Is it possible that the Crusaders were riding a little too high with a three-game winning streak against modest competition?

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Commentary: Win Big, Win Ugly, Greenwich Just Wins

NORWALK — The last game was six days ago, the practice routine, because of the weather and midterms, is out of sorts and one of its two stars was sick and performing at less than 100 percent.

With all that, the Greenwich High School boys basketball team still found a way to squeeze out a very ugly 40-38 win at Greenwich on Thursday night.