WELCOME BACK to another episode of Courtside with Joe Morelli, your weekly dose of high school basketball talk in Connecticut and — believe it or not — we’ve reached the home stretch of regular season games before conference tournament season begins in this COVID-shortened season.
It was another interesting week with Notre Dame-West Haven dropping out of the latest GameTimeCT Top 10 poll thanks to consecutive losses, but then redeeming itself by knocking off poll newcomer and No. 9-ranked West Haven — the SCC’s last unbeaten team — on Monday night.
The FCIAC and SWC saw a few nutty OT games last week, as well. New Canaan beat then-No. 6 and now No. 8 Ridgefield 64-59 in double OT, only to lose to Wilton 37-35 in their follow-up. St. Joseph cracked the poll at No. 10 and then had to survive Greenwich, 64-58 in triple OT. Masuk also topped Bethel in another 3-OT game Monday night.
Joe and Sean Patrick Bowley quickly hit on some of those games, the upcoming conference tournaments and also take a quick look back on the one-year anniversary of the cancelation of the 2020 winter state tournaments as COVID-19 hit the United States.
Speaking of West Haven, this week’s special guest is coach Tyrese Sullivan, the former Hillhouse star who has quickly made a winner out of the Blue Devils in just a few seasons.
Sullivan talks about how he came to West Haven, his mentors along the way and what he thinks of this year’s squad.
So join us, won’t you?
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- 0:00-10:50 — Opening thoughts on the week that was and the upcoming conference tournament season.
- 10:50-19:24 — Looking back: One Year since CIAC canceled the 2020 winter tournaments.
- 19:24-43:40 — Interview with West Haven coach Ty Sullivan.
- 49:42-End — Quick look at the Top 10 and the week ahead.