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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Boys basketball opening day

Two scores were unreported from the SCC Wednesday night:
Lyman Hall won at Wilbur Cross 62-59 and Pomperaug beat Amity 55-29.

Five teams in the preseason top 10 lost: No. 3 Windsor (to Bloomfield 87-75), No. 4 Bulkeley (to No. 5 New Britain 54-53), No. 6 St. Joseph (at Trinity Catholic 67-66 on a 50-foot buzzer-beater), No. 8 New London (to Stratford, which is a top-10 team despite not being ranked there, 68-57 at New London) and No. 10 Notre Dame (to Sheehan 57-48 at home).

Sheehan will still miss the likes of Matt Pascuzzo and John Papale but still have Phil Gaetano and Brett Biestek and will be very competitive. The Titans get to play the top-ranked Academics next week, who just buried West Haven. Notre Dame is better than it showed and should be better come January. But the Green Knights have got to be beter with the basketball than they showed.

Bulkeley was without its best player DeShawn Hamlet for what we assume are academic reasons. Bloomfield is a legitimate top-10 team as well, so them beating Windsor is not really a surprise. Neither is Stratford beating New London, still the best team in the ECC with East Lyme, a winner over Hand Wednesday, maybe second best in that league.

I shouldn't be surprised about Trinity beating St. Joseph. Een though they graduated plenty, the Crusaders are tough to beat at home and, truth be told, I can't remember Joseph being this high in the poll since I've been covering boys basketball (2002-03). The Cadets still have plenty to prove, mainly to themselves, whether they are one of the state's best teams.

The next poll should have some surprises when it comes out again on Dec. 29.

Here is a link to the preseason poll in case you missed it.

Also a look at the Top 25 players in the state and preview capsules for area teams whose coaches returned information sheets.


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