On January 28, 2020, we had a 1 vs. 2 ranked matchup in the GameTimeCT boys basketball poll between Central Connecticut Conference powerhouses No. 1 East Catholic and No. 2 Windsor.
Windsor won that day on a last-second circus shot by Corey McKeithan as the game lived up to the pre-game hype. On Monday night, we have another premier matchup, this time of unbeaten CCC teams ranked high in the poll.
Windsor (6-0) returns again as the second-ranked team in the top 10 poll. Hosting the game is third-ranked Northwest Catholic (6-0) . Game time is 6:45 p.m. in West Hartford.
East Catholic, the reigning CCC champion, has a firm grip on the top spot in the poll. Neither team plays East Catholic during the regular season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CCC has remained in its four-region setup that it created for the fall season.
Neither team has played a game in the single digits thus far (see the tale of the tape below). The two teams last squared off during the regular season on Dec. 15, 2018, a 69-49 Windsor win at Northwest Catholic.
But Northwest Catholic won the last matchup, coming from behind to beat top-seeded and top-ranked Windsor 72-62 in the CCC tournament semifinals at Bulkeley High on March 3, 2020. The Lions were down 10 at halftime, but outscored the Warriors 18-6 in the third quarter, then cemented the victory with a 30-point effort in the fourth.
TALE OF THE TAPE
|Ken Smith||Coach||John Mirabello|
|Troy McKoy||Key Player||Matt Curtis|
|31.7||Average margin of victory||31.5|
|Feb. 15, 2019||Last Reg. Season loss to CT opponent||Feb. 14, 2020