Not as much change as last week. Middletown returned as Hamden dropped back out after suffering its fourth loss. The final two weeks of the regular season are here!
|1. SACRED HEART
Last week: Def. Crosby 73-66; def. Wilby 76-49.
Bottom line: Hearts trailed in the fourth quarter against Crosby, but managed to overcome its toughest game of this season.
|2. NEW LONDON
Last week: Def. Waterford 62-51; def. Fitch 56-53.
Bottom line: The Whalers’ game against LaSalle Academy (R.I.) will not be made up, leaving them with 19 regular-season games.
|3. FAIRFIELD PREP
Last week: Def. West Haven 71-53; def. Notre Dame-West Haven 69-45.
Bottom line: Jesuits won their fourth straight SCC Quinnipiac Division title and guard Tommy Nolan is back after missing three games with a sprained ankle.
Last week: Def. Law 89-41; def. Wilbur Cross 56-53; def. Guilford 76-46.
Bottom line: A win against Foran Tuesday will give Hillhouse its 10th straight SCC Hammonasset Division title without a single loss.
Last week: Def. St. Joseph 73-56; def. Ridgefield 57-51.
Bottom line: Senior guard Jeremiah Livingston scored a season-high 34 points against Ridgefield.
Last week: Def. Branford 60-46; def. Guilford 72-41.
Bottom line: The Panthers won their second straight SCC Oronoque Division crown and third in the last four seasons.
Last week: Def. Glastonbury 63-53; def. South Windsor 51-42; def. East Catholic 92-78.
Bottom line: Beavers have won seven straight games.
|8. HARTFORD PUBLIC
Last week: Def. Rockville 95-29; def. Rocky Hill 87-77; def. Ledyard 78-73.
Bottom line: Owls rebounded nicely from their first loss, including a quality win at Ledyard.
Last week: Def. Bristol Central 72-55; def. Platt 78-63.
Bottom line: Blue Dragons return to the top 10 after a one-week absence.
Last week: Def. Bacon Academy 88-48; def. Woodstock Academy 82-38; lost to Hartford Public 78-73.
Bottom line: Colonels stay put and actually pick up points despite suffering their third loss. Pick up a quality non-conference game like Hartford Public and it’s duly noted.
Dropped out: Hamden (9).
First-place votes in parentheses and points tabulated on a 30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis.
Others receiving votes
Norwalk (13-3), 171; Hamden (13-4), 163; Bunnell (14-3), 118; Crosby (13-4), 107; Maloney (13-4), 96; Windsor (10-6), 64; East Catholic (12-5), 29; East Hartford (12-5), 26; Granby (13-3), 16; Waterford (13-4), 14; Fairfield Ludlowe (12-4) and Newington (13-3), 9; Stamford (12-4) and Windham (15-3), 8; Old Lyme (12-4), 7.
The following voted
Mary Albl, Fairfield Minuteman; Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; Bill Bloxsom, Hersam-Acorn; Doug Bonjour, Connecticut Post; Jim Bransfield, Middletown Press; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; Francesco Graziano, CPTV Sports; John Holt, WFSB-3; Sean Krofssik, Meriden Record-Journal; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Joe Palladino, Republican-American; Dave Phillips, Shore Line Newspapers; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Ben Talbott, Bird’s Eye Sports; Peter Wallace, Register Citizen; Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant.