Some interesting tidbits from some of the state’s Christmas tournaments:
Maybe Fairfield Warde and Ludlowe expected to meet in the Fairfield Holiday Tournament final last Friday at Alumni Hall. But no one outside the two programs thought this would be the final — it never had.
But Warde won 38-37. The Mustangs and the Falcons have proven they could be FCIAC contenders. As for Notre Dame-Fairfield, it’s a new season and with a 3-3 start, it’s clear they are going to take everyone’s best shot after last year’s Division I state championship.
In Middletown, Waterford reigned supreme again, repeating as Artie Kohs Classic tournament champions. Mikey Buscetto may be gone to Southern New Hampshire, but Jay Jay Brennan can score in bunches, finishing with 31 points to earn tournament MVP laurels.
The Lancers, last year’s Division III state champs, will be in the thick of both the ECC and Division II races.
Speaking of top 10 teams from the ECC, East Lyme jumped in after rallying to take New Britain to overtime, winning by two on the road. Dev Ostrowski had 42 in the win.
For those wondering, and I know you were: Waterford visits East Lyme Jan. 18.
In Waterbury, Sacred Heart and Windsor both lost — gasp — to out-of state teams. Yet they didn’t move in the poll (although Sacred Heart lost some first-place votes). Why? Because losses against teams beyond the state border carry more weight than some victories. Both teams will be there come March.
And in New Haven, former Wilbur Cross coach Robert Saulsbury got to enjoy a full day of basketball at the tournament — and court — named in his honor. Not only did Kolbe Cathedral win in double overtime, Weaver beat Career and the Cross girls topped Mercy.
The best game was the last game and the best quarter was the last one: the game was tied six times in the final quarter. The Cross boys clung to a 2-point lead as Hamden dribbled out the final seconds and …
Well you know the rest. Heston Tucker for three (video below) and the Green Dragons win at the buzzer 85-84. This is the only regular-season meeting between the two longtime SCC rivals. Somehow, a postseason matchup seems destined to happen.
— Joe Morelli (@nhrJoeMorelli) December 28, 2018