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New Britain has captured the top seed in the CCC boys basketball tournament starting Thursday, Feb. 27.
The Golden Hurricanes lost just three games this season, most recently to East Hartford in overtime, 74-66 last week, a game that coach Todd Stigliano expected to be tough.
The largest conference in the state also has one of the largest tournaments. 16 teams have qualified and earned the right to battle for the right to call themselves conference champions.
“The 16 teams that make the tournament can all play, that’s why they’re in the tournament,” Stigliano said.
The tournament begins Thursday, with the higher seed hosting the first round games. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be held at Bulkeley High School and then the finals are at Detrick Gymnasium on the campus of Central Connecticut State in New Britain.
“You look at some of the bottom seeds right now; East Hartford, Weaver, you’re not looking at teams that are terrible, those are two of the most athletic teams in the whole state of Connecticut,” Stigliano said.
CCC boys basketball tournament
Thursday, Feb 27 at higher seed, 7 p.m.
- No. 1 New Britain 65,No. 16 Bulkeley 56
- No. 15 Glastonbury 63, No. 2 Bristol Central 59
- No. 3 Windsor 77, No. 14 East Hartford 64
- No. 4 E.O. Smith 44, No. 13 Rockville 41
- No. 5 Hartford Public 60, No. 12 Bloomfield 48
- No. 11 Maloney 72, No. 6 East Catholic 69
- No. 7 Simsbury 56, No. 10 Farmington 50
- No. 9 Weaver 79, No. 8 Middletown 68
Saturday, March 1 at Bulkeley High School
- Maloney 79, Windsor 74
- Glastonbury 56, Simsbury 53
- Hartford Public 63, E.O.Smith 44
- Weaver 80, New Britain 74
Tuesday, March 4 at Bulkeley High School
Thursday, March 6 at Central Connecticut State University
- Weaver 59, Maloney 57
Players to watch:
Kahari Beaufort – East Hartford
KeAndre Fair – Weaver
Rodley Adjei – East Hartford
Tracy Rumley – Maloney
Curtis Hyman – New Britain
Annuel Saint Juste – New Britain
Mike Medlin – Weaver
Craven Johnson – New Britain
EJ Crawford – Simsbury