Hillhouse has arguably its toughest week of the regular season at hand.
On Monday, the Academics opted out of its annual spot in the Martin Luther King Classic to instead face Springfield Central (Mass.) in the final game of the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts – basically a true road game. On Tuesday night, Hillhouse is at Fairfield Prep, the team that won seven straight games in this rivalry until last season.
Then on Thursday, Hillhouse hosts Hamden.
“I want to see their resiliency, their guts and their grit. It’s not about being easy. I want to see where their hearts are. As far as them being prepared offensively and defensively, the coaching staff does a great job of have them prepared,” Hillhouse coach Renard Sutton said.
It remains to be seen how healthy junior guard Christian Adams will be for this tough stretch. Sutton said he “tweaked” his right ankle in practice a couple days after the win over Wilbur Cross on Jan. 5. Adams missed the wins over North Haven and Hand and could only go 3 minutes to start the second half against Lyman Hall last Wednesday before sitting the rest of the game, according to Sutton.
“He’s just been shooting free throws (at practice). Hopefully, he’ll be read to go,” Sutton said. “There’s a long time between now and March, but I don’t want him to go through a long-term injury. I definitely want him at full strength going into the postseason.”
Sutton noted the play of unsung heroes point guard Tyler Douglas, who had a triple-double against North Haven, and Jalil Wilkerson, who Sutton said, “We ask him to come off the bench and do a lot of things. He may not get the recognition or the write-ups, but the kid is definitely a blessing to have in the program.”