Friday, March 27, 2015

Bunnell vs. Naugatuck High - CIAC Class L State Boys Basketball Finals

As if 4 games on Saturday weren't enough, I went back to the Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday to cover the Class L State Finals. Fifth-seeded Bunnell collected its first state championship, beating seventh-seeded Naugatuck 72-61 despite a game-high 29 points from Jarron Chapman.

Bunnell vs. Naugatuck High - CIAC Class L State Finals

Bunnell vs. Naugatuck High - CIAC Class L State FinalsBunnell vs. Naugatuck High - CIAC Class L State Finals

Bunnell vs. Naugatuck High - CIAC Class L State Finals

Bunnell vs. Naugatuck High - CIAC Class L State FinalsBunnell vs. Naugatuck High - CIAC Class L State Finals

Bunnell vs. Naugatuck High - CIAC Class L State Finals

Bunnell vs. Naugatuck High - CIAC Class L State FinalsBunnell vs. Naugatuck High - CIAC Class L State Finals

Bunnell vs. Naugatuck High - CIAC Class L State Finals

Bunnell vs. Naugatuck High - CIAC Class L State Finals

More images are in my Flickr album.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fairfield Prep vs. Westhill High - CIAC Class LL Boys Basketball Finals

In the fourth game Saturday (!), Fairfield Prep took on Westhill High for the Class LL title. Prep hadn't won the state title since 1997, and after losing in the finals in 2011, 2013, and 2014, the Jesuits rightfully wondered if they would ever get over the hump again. Led by Patrick Harding with 13 points, and Rich Kelly and Thomas Nolan adding 12 apiece, Prep held on to win 51-50.

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Fairfield Prep vs. Westhill High - CIAC Class LL Boys Basketball FinalsFairfield Prep vs. Westhill High - CIAC Class LL Boys Basketball Finals

Fairfield Prep vs. Westhill High - CIAC Class LL Boys Basketball Finals

Fairfield Prep vs. Westhill High - CIAC Class LL Boys Basketball FinalsFairfield Prep vs. Westhill High - CIAC Class LL Boys Basketball Finals

Fairfield Prep vs. Westhill High - CIAC Class LL Boys Basketball FinalsFairfield Prep vs. Westhill High - CIAC Class LL Boys Basketball Finals

Fairfield Prep vs. Westhill High - CIAC Class LL Boys Basketball Finals

More from this game is in my album on Flickr.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wilton vs. South Windsor - CIAC Class LL Girls Basketball Finals

In Saturday's third game, Erin Cunningham had 33 points and 17 rebounds and Erica Meyer added 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as Wilton routed South Windsor 73-45 in the CIAC Class LL girls basketball championship game. Wilton (25-2) won its first tile and was dominant from the start, taking an 8-0 lead 90 seconds in. They led 26-15 after the first quarter, 45-25 at halftime and 61-34 going into the fourth quarter. The Warriors, considerably taller than the Bobcats, had a 54-28 rebounding advantage.

Wilton vs. South Windsor - CIAC Class LL Girls Basketball Finals

Wilton vs. South Windsor - CIAC Class LL Girls Basketball FinalsWilton vs. South Windsor - CIAC Class LL Girls Basketball Finals

Wilton vs. South Windsor - CIAC Class LL Girls Basketball Finals

Wilton vs. South Windsor - CIAC Class LL Girls Basketball FinalsWilton vs. South Windsor - CIAC Class LL Girls Basketball Finals

Wilton vs. South Windsor - CIAC Class LL Girls Basketball FinalsWilton vs. South Windsor - CIAC Class LL Girls Basketball Finals

Wilton vs. South Windsor - CIAC Class LL Girls Basketball Finals

More from this game is on my Flickr Album.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Notre Dame of Fairfield vs. Weaver High - CIAC Class M Boys Basketball Finals

The second game on Saturday was the boys class M match-up between Weaver High and Notre Dame of Fairfield. For three quarters, Notre Dame-Fairfield and Weaver battled toe-to-toe, with ND holding a two-point lead heading into the final eight minutes. But when it mattered most, the Beavers were stronger and tougher and used a game-breaking 10-0 run to pull away and capture the Class M championship with a 73-59 win at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Notre Dame of Fairfield vs. Weaver High - CIAC Class M Boys Basketball Finals

Notre Dame of Fairfield vs. Weaver High - CIAC Class M Boys Basketball FinalsNotre Dame of Fairfield vs. Weaver High - CIAC Class M Boys Basketball Finals

Notre Dame of Fairfield vs. Weaver High - CIAC Class M Boys Basketball Finals

Notre Dame of Fairfield vs. Weaver High - CIAC Class M Boys Basketball FinalsNotre Dame of Fairfield vs. Weaver High - CIAC Class M Boys Basketball Finals

Notre Dame of Fairfield vs. Weaver High - CIAC Class M Boys Basketball Finals

More from this game is on my album on Flickr.

St Joseph High vs. Cromwell High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball Finals

It was CIAC Finals weekend, and I covered five games, and a part of a sixth, in two days. To say that I'm moving slowly on this Monday morning would be an understatement. I had a lot of fun, and this is a weekend I look forward to every year.

The first game for me on Saturday involved St. Joseph High vs. Cromwell High in the CIAC Class M Girls Basketball Finals. St. Joseph, who was ranked 11th going into the tournament, defeated Cromwell 50-44. It was a long, tough battle that ended a long title drought for the school and completed a four-year journey for nine battle-tested seniors.

St Joseph High vs. Cromwell High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball Finals

St Joseph High vs. Cromwell High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball FinalsSt Joseph High vs. Cromwell High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball Finals

St Joseph High vs. Cromwell High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball Finals

St Joseph High vs. Cromwell High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball FinalsSt Joseph High vs. Cromwell High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball Finals

St Joseph High vs. Cromwell High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball Finals

St Joseph High vs. Cromwell High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball Finals

St Joseph High vs. Cromwell High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball FinalsSt Joseph High vs. Cromwell High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball Finals

St Joseph High vs. Cromwell High - CIAC Class M Girls Basketball Finals

More pictures from this game are in my album on Flickr.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fairfield Prep vs. Hillhouse High - CIAC Class LL Semi-Finals

Fairfield Prep had defeated Hillhouse in 7 of their last 10 meetings, including the last 5 in a row going into last night's game. None of that mattered as Hillhouse took it right to Prep in the first half, and led 33-22 at intermission. The Jesuits then went on a 12-2 run to start the third quarter to make it a 2 point game, leading to a tough-fought 59-57 victory in overtime.

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Fairfield Prep vs. Hillhouse High - High School Basketball

Fairfield Prep vs. Hillhouse High - High School BasketballFairfield Prep vs. Hillhouse High - High School Basketball

Fairfield Prep vs. Hillhouse High - High School BasketballFairfield Prep vs. Hillhouse High - High School Basketball

More shots are in my album on Flickr.