Boys basketball: Bridgeport Central finishes No. 1 in final GameTimeCT poll

Central's boys basketball team celebrates its 76-73 victory over Fairfield Prep in the Class LL title game. Bridgeport Central finished No. 1 in the final GameTimeCT/NH Register final poll. (Mara Lavitt - New Haven Register)

Central’s boys basketball team celebrates its 76-73 victory over Fairfield Prep in the Class LL title game. Bridgeport Central finished No. 1 in the final GameTimeCT/NH Register final poll. (Mara Lavitt – New Haven Register)

It was one of the most dramatic comebacks in one of the biggest games of the 2013-14 boys basketball season.

Bridgeport Central trailed 47-29 at halftime against Fairfield Prep in Saturday’s Class LL state final. By the end of the third quarter, a great defensive effort had Bridgeport Central out in front.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything (turn around) that quick,” Bridgeport Central coach Barry McLeod said. “To actually be down 18 to the No. 1 and only undefeated team in the state, then after 8 minutes to take the lead from them? I can’t remember anybody doing that.”

Central fell behind in the fourth quarter, but came back again and won the fifth state championship in school history. The Hilltoppers finished as the unanimous No. 1 choice in the final GameTimeCT/Register Top 10 poll.

“It was a phenomenal comeback. I’ve never been prouder of any team,” McLeod said.

Central (27-1) finished with 540 points. The Hilltoppers were the No. 2 team coming into the state tournament and their only loss was to Westhill in overtime.

Fairfield Prep (27-1) finished second with 490 points. Prep had been No. 1 in every Top 10 poll since the preseason.

Windsor, the Class L state champion, finished third with 450 points, followed by Class S champ Sacred Heart (437) and Career (386).

COMPLETE POLL

Comments

  1. Big John says

    Is the FP coach still the best thing since sliced bread?? Some coaching job against BC in finals game.

    • Rex says

      What are you trying to prove? FP and their coach are not thinking about you. They have far less important things to than be bothered by a natural born loser. Me on the other hand don’t have anything pending…so I’ll just say this. Stop with the hating! Only thing worse than a sore loser is a bad winner. You are just a loser. Do you get your jollies by trashing FP and coach? What’s the deal?

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