WELCOME BACK to another edition of Courtside with Joe Morelli, your weekly talk on the happenings in boys basketball with GameTimeCT’s beat writer alongside producer and editor Sean Patrick Bowley.
This week on the pod is East Catholic’s two-time state championship coach Luke Reilly, a member of the distinguished Reilly hoops family whose second-ranked team is coming off a big, 56-53 victory over No. 3 Bassick on Friday night to up the program’s regular-season win streak to 51 as they head to face arch rival Northwest Catholic on Tuesday night.
Reilly talks shop about his team’s performance in that game and its prospects of playing for a state championship in Division I. He also tackles a few pressing topics surrounding Connecticut boys basketball, including his feelings on the tournament format, the reach of prep schools into the public school talent pool, not to mention the recent news that Notre Dame-West Haven would be starting a postgraduate program and how that might change the hoops landscape.
Afterward, we dip into the mailbag for the first time this season as Joe answers questions from readers. This week’s questions seemed to trend toward the little guys like Cromwell and Wamogo and where they fit into the broader picture. We also got into a spirited discussion about whether a team like New Canaan, which plays in a power conference like the FCIAC, should be competing in Division IV.
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0:00-15:25 — Opening, East Catholic beats Bassick and Top 10 talk.
15:38-46:22 — East Catholic coach Luke Reilly
46:22-End — Joe answers the mailbag!