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And then there were six....A look at the remaining boys and girls basketball teams left in the State Tournament.

POSTED March 07, 2012
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


Dan Williams and the Gilbert Yellowjackets will be in action on Wednesday night in Class S State Tournament action when they host Goodwin Tech at 7 p.m.

Six local basketball teams remain alive in the States.
WINSTED: The local basketball scene shifts north up Route 8 tonight as three local teams square off in two Class S State Tournament contests.
At The Gilbert School, the red-hot No. 8 Yellowjackets take on No. 9 Goodwin Tech in the comfy quarters of the Gilbert gymnasium with a trip to the quarter finals on the line.
The ‘Jackets have been playing very well of late, coming off two hard fought wins in the last six days.
First, it took overtime before Gilbert could put away BL rival Northwestern by a 93-84 score to win the BL Tournament and avenge their only two league losses this season.
Robert Skinner had 32 points in the win while Austin Brochu added 30 as the ’Jackets overcame a 15 point deficit late in the third quarter for the win.
Next up in the first round of the Class S states was a far too familiar face in Wamogo, who pushed Gilbert the entire game before falling by a 79-73 score.
Skinner (23) and Brochu (27) again led the way for the Yellowjackets.
On the other end of town tonight, the BL regular season champions from Northwestern, hope to extend their season when they take on a familiar foe in Terryville.
The No. 12 seeded Kangaroos knocked off No. 21 Stafford by a 60-48 score in their opener.
Terryville played the Highlanders tough in both regular season games this year. Early in the season, Northwestern prevailed by a 73-70 score on the road before winning a bit more comfortable (72-60) in Winsted later in the year.
None of these teams from the same league like the idea of trying to beat a team three times.
Being too familiar is not necessarily a good thing at this time of the year.
John Stevens and Connor Guiheen have led the way for the Highlanders so far this year and how they play should determine the outcome here as well.
Tyler Trillo (11.7) and Jon Festa (9.1) have led the Kangaroos to their 15-7 record to date.
There is that tantalizing possibility that the two Winsted team could meet in the semi-finals next week but there is much hard and painful work to be done between now and the.
If Gilbert won tonight, they would play the winner of the Immaculate (No.1 seed, 19-1) and Windsor Locks (No. 16, 13-8) on Friday night.
The Highlanders would not have an easy road either, assuming they get past the Kangaroos.
On deck would be the winner of the Classical Magnet (No. 4, 18-2) and Old Lyme (No. 20, 12-9) also on Friday night.
On Thursday night, three teams will be in action. One will be looking to get to a place that seemed unlikely when the 2011/2012 season began. Another will be ramped up to extract some sweet revenge after some recent heartache to their opponent.
The third will have to knock off the Naugatuck Valley League Tournament Champion on their home court. Piece of cake, right?
Thursday we will look at the other three teams still looking to punch their ticket to Uncasville.
     
Thursday night
Class L Girls Quarterfinals
No. 5 Torrington at No. 4 Berlin 7 p.m.
Gaffney and Patrick Tiscia will have the story
Class S Girls Quarterfinals
No. 6 Portland at # 3 Thomaston 7 p.m.
John Nestor will be in the gym.
Class M Boys Second Round
No. 13 Nonnewaug at No. 4 Watertown 7 p.m.

WINSTED: The local basketball scene shifts north up Route 8 tonight as three local teams square off in two Class S State Tournament contests.

At The Gilbert School, the red-hot No. 8 Yellowjackets take on No. 9 Goodwin Tech in the comfy quarters of the Gilbert gymnasium with a trip to the quarter finals on the line.

The ‘Jackets have been playing very well of late, coming off two hard fought wins in the last six days.

First, it took overtime before Gilbert could put away BL rival Northwestern by a 93-84 score to win the BL Tournament and avenge their only two league losses this season.

Robert Skinner had 32 points in the win while Austin Brochu added 30 as the ’Jackets overcame a 15 point deficit late in the third quarter for the win.

Next up in the first round of the Class S states was a far too familiar face in Wamogo, who pushed Gilbert the entire game before falling by a 79-73 score.

Skinner (23) and Brochu (27) again led the way for the Yellowjackets.

On the other end of town tonight, the BL regular season champions from Northwestern, hope to extend their season when they take on a familiar foe in Terryville.

The No. 12 seeded Kangaroos knocked off No. 21 Stafford by a 60-48 score in their opener.

Terryville played the Highlanders tough in both regular season games this year.

Early in the season, Northwestern prevailed by a 73-70 score on the road before winning a bit more comfortable (72-60) in Winsted later in the year.

None of these teams from the same league like the idea of trying to beat a team three times.Being too familiar is not necessarily a good thing at this time of the year.

John Stevens and Connor Guiheen have led the way for the Highlanders so far this year and how they play should determine the outcome here as well.

Tyler Trillo (11.7) and Jon Festa (9.1) have led the Kangaroos to their 15-7 record to date.

There is that tantalizing possibility that the two Winsted team could meet in the semi-finals next week but there is much hard and painful work to be done between now and then.

If Gilbert won tonight, they would play the winner of the Immaculate (No.1 seed, 19-1) and Windsor Locks (No. 16, 13-8) on Friday night.

The Highlanders would not have an easy road either, assuming they get past the Kangaroos.

On deck would be the winner of the Classical Magnet (No. 4, 18-2) and Old Lyme (No. 20, 12-9) also on Friday night.

On Thursday night, three teams will be in action.

One will be looking to get to a place that seemed unlikely when the 2011/2012 season began.

Another will be ramped up to extract some sweet revenge after some recent heartache to their opponent.

The third will have to knock off the Naugatuck Valley League Tournament Champion on their home court.

Piece of cake, right?

Thursday we will look at what these three squads will have to do in order to punch their ticket to Uncasville.


     

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