Hillhouse returns to the top spot as we begin CIAC tournament play. Ledyard makes first appearance.
Results: Def. Fairfield Prep 39-35; def. Notre Dame-West Haven 70-62.
Bottom line: It was the seventh SCC title for Hillhouse, breaking a tie with city rival Wilbur Cross.
|2. SACRED HEART
Results: Def. Crosby 86-77; def. Holy Cross 60-51.
Bottom line: Winning Class L will be tough without its best player, Raheem Solomon, who is missing the tournament due to a knee injury.
|3. NOTRE DAME-WEST HAVEN
Results: Def. Wilbur Cross 55-50; lost to Hillhouse 70-62.
Bottom line: How will the Green Knights respond off their first loss? Notre Dame opens against Wilby Monday night.
|4. EAST CATHOLIC
Results: Def. Middletown 79-57; def. Weaver 67-66.
Bottom line: If Jamil Hornesby can provide that kind of offensive lift like he did in the CCC tournament final, the Eagles may not lose again.
Results: Def. Simsbury 64-43; lost to East Catholic 67-66.
Bottom line: Reaching a fifth straight state final would be an incredible accomplishment for this program.
|6. NOTRE DAME-FAIRFIELD
Results: Def. Immaculate 61-60; def. Bunnell 88-62.
Bottom line: Impressive performance against the Bulldogs allowed the Lancers to successful defend their SWC championship.
Results: Lost to East Catholic 79-57.
Bottom line: Blue Dragons would love to go one step further than last season.
Results: Def. Harding 76-67; def. Prince Tech 73-59.
Bottom line: Had to overcome a tough host in Prince Tech to win its first – and only – CSC championship.
|9. EAST HARTFORD
Results: No games played.
Bottom line: East Hartford didn’t play a single game and therefore, didn’t move from last week’s spot.
Results: Def. Waterford 82-68.
Bottom line: The Colonels won their first ECC title since 1990 – and make their first appearance in the top 10 this season.
Dropped out: Trumbull (7).
First-place votes in parentheses and points tabulated on a 30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis.
Others receiving votes
Ridgefield (17-6), 207; Trumbull (19-3), 174; Wilton (17-6), 149; Holy Cross (18-5) 144; Westbrook (21-2), 76; Wilbur Cross (16-7), 50; Simsbury (18-5), 45; Waterford (19-4), 44; Norwich Free Academy (16-5) and Windsor (15-7), 23; Kennedy (17-5), 17; Crosby (14-8), 16; Bloomfield (16-6), Fairfield Prep (12-11), SMSA (20-3) and Wamogo (20-3), 7.
The following voted
Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; Bill Bloxsom, HAN Network; Doug Bonjour, Connecticut Post; Jim Bransfield, Middletown Press; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Erik Dobratz, WTNH; Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; Francesco Graziano, CPTV; Sean Krofssik, Record-Journal; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Joe Palladino, Republican-American; Dave Phillips, Shore Line Newspapers; Marc Robbins, Vantage Sports; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Ben Talbott, Bird’s Eye Sports; Derek Turner, GameTimeCT; Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant; Richard Zalusky, The Chronicle.