Wednesday, February 28, 2018

CIAC boys seeds released: Sacred Heart, Bristol Central No. 4 in Division I and II

Sacred Heart is the No. 4 seed in Division I.
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The CIAC boys basketball state tournament seeds have been released, and there are some interesting twists.
No. 4 Sacred Heart, No. 9 Holy Cross and No. 17 Crosby are all in the upper half of the Division I bracket, along with No. 1 East Catholic. On the other side is No. 19 Kennedy.
The first round begins on March 5, and both the Bulldogs and the Eagles are in action. No. 17 Crosby will play at No. 16 Norwich Free Academy at 6 p.m. No. 19 Kennedy is at No. 14 East Hartford at 6 p.m. The winner of Crosby/NFA gets No. 1 East Catholic on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Manchester, while the winner of Kennedy/East Hartford will face No. 3 Bassick on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Bridgeport.
No. 4 Sacred Heart has a bye and will play the winner of No. 13 Hillhouse/No. 20 Fairfield Prep on March 7 at 7 p.m. No. 9 Holy Cross also has a bye, but already know its opponent, and that is No. 8 Windsor, which it will play on March 7 at 7 p.m. in Windsor.

Bristol Central is the No. 4 seed in Division II.
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Division II
No. 4 Bristol Central gets a first round bye. The Rams get the winner of No. 13 Wilton/No. 20 Norwalk on Thursday at 7 p.m. Central is on the upper side of the bracket, along with No. 1 Simsbury.
On the other side of the bracket is No. 11 WCA. The Spartans host No. 22 Middletown on Tuesday at 7 p.m., but not at WCA. The gym is considered too small to host a state tournament game, so it will be played at Crosby High School.

Division III
The locals in this division are No. 11 St Paul and No. 24 Wolcott. 
The Falcons host No. 22 Joel Barlow on Monday at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will play No. 6 Torrington, which has a first round bye, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Falcons lost their only game against the Red Raiders this season by a wide margin.
The Eagles are on the road at No. 9 Avon on Monday at 7 p.m. The winner takes on the winner of No. 8 Brookfield/No. 25 Lyman Hall on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Division IV
The only local team in this division is No. 27 Kaynor Tech, which is at No. 6 Sports and Medical Sciences Academy on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The winner gets the winner of No. 11 Rockville/No. 22 Foran on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Division V
There are no area teams in this division.

The state finals for boys and girls are on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18.

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