Another #ctbb season begins and Hillhouse has overtaken Sacred Heart at the top.
2015-16 final result: Def. Weaver 94-83 (2 OT) to win Class LL state championship.
Bottom line: Academics return their top three players and a host of others to try and defend the Class LL title.
|2. SACRED HEART
2015-16 final result: Def. Notre Dame-Fairfield 101-49 to win Class M state championship.
Bottom line: This is the first poll the Hearts weren’t in the No. 1 spot since the final one of the 2013-14 season. Quite a run.
|3. EAST CATHOLIC
2015-16 final result: Def. Middletown 62-51 to win Class L state championship.
Bottom line: Reigning Class L champions move up, but stay in the same exact spot they were in nine months ago.
|4. NOTRE DAME-WEST HAVEN
2015-16 final result: Lost to East Catholic 67-59 in the Class L quarterfinals.
Bottom line: The Green Knights return four starters and transfer Tremont Waters and decide to petition to play in LL division.
2015-16 final result: Lost to Hillhouse 94-83 (2 OT) in Class LL state final.
Bottom line: Class LL finalists petition to play in LL division for second straight season.
|6. FAIRFIELD PREP
2015-16 final result: Lost to Weaver 64-62 in Class LL state semifinals.
Bottom line: Jesuits have a great frontcourt returning with Patrick Harding and John Kelly.
2015-16 final result: Lost to East Catholic 62-51 in Class L state final.
Bottom line: The Blue Dragons hoping to take one more step to be crowned Class L state champions with a host of players returning.
2015-16 final result: Lost to East Catholic 60-57 (OT) in Class L state semifinals.
Bottom line: Losing Jordan Powell will hurt, but the Warriors always find a way to be CCC contenders. That won’t change.
|9. NOTRE DAME-FAIRFIELD
2015-16 final result: Lost to Sacred Heart 101-49 in Class M state final.
Bottom line: The SWC-favorite Lancers are now coached by Chris Watts, formerly at St. Joseph.
2015-16 final result: Lost to Hillhouse 66-45 in Class LL state semifinals.
Bottom line: Lost to two of the state’s best in the last two M finals: Weaver and Sacred Heart.
Dropped out: Newington (8), Immaculate (9).
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 (21-5), 146; East Hartford (16-9), 112; Crosby (19-6), 111; Hamden (14-9), 103; Newington (24-2), 88; Immaculate (25-3), 87; Northwest Catholic (18-7), 70; Bassick (18-7), 67; Wilbur Cross (21-5), 63; Fairfield Warde (12-9), 29; Trinity Catholic (12-10), 26; Ledyard (19-5), 25; Holy Cross (18-8), 23; Trumbull (19-5), 19; New London (15-10) and Norwich Free Academy (11-11), 15; Bunnell (13-11), Waterford (18-5), 9; Greenwich (12-9), Harding (20-5) and Wilby (17-8), 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 Sports; Sean Krofssik, Record-Journal; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Joe Palladino, Republican-American; Dave Phillips, Shore Line Newspapers; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Ben Talbott, Bird’s Eye Sports; Derek Turner, GameTimeCT; Peter Wallace, Register Citizen; Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant; Richard Zalusky, The Chronicle.