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).