Hillhouse finished where it started: atop the GameTimeCT/Register boys basketball poll.
The Academics finished with 16 of the 19 first-place votes and 564 total points. Hillhouse completed back-to-back Class LL state championship titles. and built upon its state record with title No. 24 overall.
Hillhouse dropped out of the top spot in February after its only loss to Fairfield Prep. Then Notre Dane-West Haven took over the top spot for a few weeks before Hillhouse beat Notre Dame in the SCC tournament final to reclaim its position atop the poll.
Sacred Heart also finished where it started and in fact never moved: second. The Hearts won the Class L state championship, their fourth overall title and claimed the other three first-place votes and538 total points. Sacred Heart has now won 46 straight games and 83 straight against state competition.
East Catholic, which won the CCC tournament title and fell to Hillhouse in the Class LL semifinals, finished third with 468 points, followed by another pair of CCC teams: East Hartford, the Class LL finalist (454) and Weaver (370).
Final 2016-17 GameTimeCT/Register Top 10
Final result: Def. East Hartford 78-58 for Class LL state championship.
Bottom line: The Academics finish where they started after completing back-to-back Class LL state titles.
|2. SACRED HEART
Final result: Def. Notre Dame-Fairfield 75-53 for Class L state championship.
Bottom line: Winning Class L without its best player, Raheem Solomon, was quite the accomplishment for the Hearts, who have won 46 straight games and 83 against state competition dating back to 2014.
|3. EAST CATHOLIC
Final result: Lost to Hillhouse 53-45 in Class LL semifinals.
Bottom line: Tough to win any game when your two best players combine for 10 points, but Hillhouse was able to do that against Mike McGuirl and Joey Reilly.
|4. EAST HARTFORD
Final result: Lost to Hillhouse 78-58 in Class LL final.
Bottom line: Nice run to the LL final included a quarterfinal-round win over CCC rival Weaver.
Final result: Lost to East Hartford 69-63 in Class LL quarterfinals.
Bottom line: Beavers fell short of reaching a fifth straight state final.
|6. NOTRE DAME-WEST HAVEN
Final result: Lost to Danbury 70-64 in Class LL second round.
Bottom line: Greatest season in school history ended far short of where the Green Knights wanted to be.
|7. NOTRE DAME-FAIRFIELD
Final result: Lost to Sacred Heart 75-53 in Class L final.
Bottom line: Lancers have now been to three straight finals and are still searching for that first state championship.
Final result: Def. Bloomfield 63-60 for Class M state championship.
Bottom line: Fabulous run through the bottom half of the M bracket resulted in the schools’s first state title.
Final result: Lost to Sacred Heart 70-56 in Class L semifinals.
Bottom line: Back-to-back deep tournament runs have re-established the Blue Dragons as one of the state’s premier programs.
|10. TRINITY CATHOLIC
Final result: Def. Westbrook 61-52 for Class S state championship.
Bottom line: This was the seventh state title for coach Mike Walsh and the Crusaders.
Dropped out: Bassick (8) and Ledyard (10).
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
Bloomfield (20-7), 140; Wilton (20-7), 126; Bassick (22-3), 114; Ledyard (21-4), 103; Westbrook (25-3), 95; Kennedy (20-6), 75; Holy Cross (21-6), 52; Norwich Free Academy (18-6), 48; Windsor (17-8), 47; Trumbull (20-4), 44; Crosby (16-7) and Fairfield Prep (14-12), 37; Danbury (16-9), 14; Tolland (17-5), 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.