FCIAC

Watch Ridgefield take on Wilton basketball tonight at 7

Two of the surprise boys basketball teams in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference so far this season meet on Tuesday night in a game broadcast live on the HAN Network.

Long-time rivals Wilton and Ridgefield both go into Tuesday night’s contest at the Zeoli Field House with designs on making the FCIAC playoffs. Wilton enters the game with a 6-3 overall record and a 3-2 mark in the conference, while Ridgefield is 5-4 overall and 4-1 in the conference.

Ridgefield, however, enters with momentum on its side. The Tigers knocked off previously unbeaten Brien McMahon, 79-56, last Tuesday and then took down Fairfield Warde, 67-61, on Thursday. Those victories continued an impressive stretch for Ridgefield, which has won five of its last six games after starting the season 0-3.

In seniors Matt Saporito (6’5″), Chase Levesque (6’3″) and Matthew Bartolucci (6’5″), Ridgefield has one of the FCIAC’s most imposing frontcourts. Another plus has been the play of 6’6″ junior Nick Laudati, who scored 15 points and emphatically rejected several shots in the win over Warde, inspring chants of “Porzingis” from the home fans, in reference to the shot-blocking exploits of New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis.

But the Tigers also have firepower in the backcourt with 6’3″ junior Chris Longo, a force from three-point range. Longo had a career-best 31 points in the win over McMahon, hitting four three-pointers.

After graduating nearly all of its leading players from last year’s team, Wilton was thought to be headed for a rebuilding season this winter. But the Warriors have looked more like a playoff team, winning six of their first seven games. Wilton did cool off last week, losing to both Warde (84-78 in overtime) and Ludlowe, 59-52.

Wilton’s leading scorer is 6’1″ junior small forward Jack Williams, the team’s only returning starter. Williams (averaging nearly 19 points per game) can slash to the basket and also sizzle from three-point range.

The Warriors’ have also gotten strong contributions from junior guards Matt Kronenberg, Drew Connolly and Sean Breslin, as well as 6’4″ senior forward James Maloney, who returned to the team after not playing high school basketball the past two seasons. Maloney scored a career-high 20 points and snagged 13 rebounds in a recent win over St. Joseph.

How to watch

The HAN Network live broadcast of the game can be seen on our homepage, HAN.Network, and on affiliate websites including FCIAC.net. The stream usually begin 10 minutes before the event is scheduled to begin. Rob Adams and crew join you five minutes before the contest begins. Keep in mind that start times are subject to change. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for the latest updates.

It’s easy to watch HAN Network broadcasts on your smart televisions or with Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast.

Upcoming games and more

The HAN Network’s winter season schedule includes many FCIAC teams in boys and girls ice hockey, boys and girls basketball and wrestling. Some facility restraints have prevented us from covering swimming and gymnastics so far this season. We’ll also be covering much of the FCIAC postseason playoffs and most championships.

Next up is a top-ranked wrestling dual on Wednesday when Danbury locks horns with Fairfield Warde. We’ll have Darien vs. New Canaan girls hockey on Friday. When the Rams and Blue Wave met earlier this season, it took overtime to decide a winner. Check out the complete broadcast schedule here.

The HAN Network, formerly known as Hersam Acorn Newspapers, is the exclusive FCIAC broadcast partner through the spring of 2018. HAN Network’s broadcasting division replaced HANRadio.com with a new focus on live video streams of high school athletics along with the Network’s news and lifestyle programming.

Along with Connecticut high school sports contests, HAN broadcasts a daily news program, Coffee Break, focusing on southwestern Connecticut at 11 a.m. and a sports talk show, Nutmeg Sports, Monday-Wednesday. You can watch all the shows at live.HAN.Network or on demand atlive.HAN.Network/han-on-demand/.

You can check out more of the winter schedule at this link. And be sure to follow the HAN Network onFacebook and Twitter for the latest updates.