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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Lyman Hall, Hyde boys playing tonight

The Lyman Hall and Hyde boys' basketball are both trying to reach the championship finals on Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Lyman Hall faces Torrington in one Class L semifinal at the New Haven Athletic Center. Lyman Hall's defense has been the story, allowing 56 points combined over the last two games to Career and Hand, respectively. Holing down Torrington, led by 6-10 center Jordan Williams, will be much tougher.
Jefferson Lora and David Dempsey will have to try and hold their own inside against the Maryland-bound Williams. The guards, led by Jim Economopoulos, will have to win the battle against Torrington's guards if the Trojans are to advance to the Class L final for the second straight year. The winner faces either Bulkeley or Northwest Catholic

Hyde is the seeded favorite in the Class S semifinal tonight at New Britain. But St. Paul plays a good schedule in the final season of the Northwest Confrence (St. Paul moves to the NVL next season, along with Derby).
Capital Prep was willing to run with Hyde in the quarterfinals and got buried. St. Paul will pick and choose its spots to play uptempo because getting into a running game with the Howling Wolves is futile.
Hyde will still need to try and to push the pace as often as possible. The Howling Wolves will use their depth to press St. Paul. And they will need to make their free throws down the stretch in order to advance against the winner of Cromwell and Kolbe Cathedral.


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