Thursday, March 10, 2016

Previewing tonight's second round boys games

Class M Second Round
No. 17 Watertown at No. 1 Sacred Heart
7 p.m., Alumni Hall, Waterbury
These two teams played in the second game of the regular season at Watertown High School, and the Hearts claimed an 88-58 victory. Watertown was one of 21 Sacred Heart victories against zero losses within the NVL this season, including the league tournament.
Containing Sacred Heart star Mustapha Heron is easier
said than done, but Watertown will give it a shot tonight.

The Hearts were rarely challenged during the regular season and even the NVL Tournament, and they are clicking on all cylinders. The Indians hope to spoil the run of the two-time defending state champions, but it will not be an easy task.

Here's how they got to the second round:
     Sacred Heart -- 94-30 win over No. 32
     Watertown -- 58-43 win over No. 16
     Lewis Mills

Class LL Second Round
No. 9 Kennedy at No. 8 Crosby
7 p.m., The Palace, Waterbury
The Eagles are without a key cog in their attack tonight. Leading scorer and All-NVL guard Jaivaun McKnight will not play due to a school disciplinary issue, according to a report from
the Waterbury Republican-American's Joe Palladino. McKnight didn't play in the first round 
Crosby looks to knock off city rival Kennedy tonight.
win over Cheshire, and it's obviously a big blow to Kennedy, but the Eagles are playing their city rival, so they don't need any motivation. Crosby has also dealt with its own personnel adversity. To make this matchup even stranger, it's the first state tournament game for the Bulldogs. Crosby took a forfeit from Shelton, who had lost a player in a car accident. The teams met twice during the regular season, with the Bulldogs winning both games. Interesting circumstances could make for an interesting game at The Palace tonight.

Here's how they got to the second round:
     Kennedy -- 62-59 win over No. 24 Cheshire
     Crosby -- forfeit from Shelton 

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