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Watch live: Warde battles Ludlowe in hoops doubleheader tonight

The Fairfield Warde boys and girls basketball programs will host crosstown rival Fairfield Ludlowe for a doubleheader on Thursday, Feb. 11, in the fifth annual Coaches vs. Cancer Games. Both games will be carried live on HAN.Network, starting at 6 p.m.

The teams will honor Warde’s Giacomo Brancato, who was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma last basketball season. With the cancer in remission, Brancato is back on the hardwood and the Mustangs are battling for an FCIAC playoff spot.

Warde’s girls team, however, is undefeated and already in the postseason and sits atop the FCIAC standings. Coach Dave Danko’s Mustangs (14-1, 11-0 FCIAC) will take on coach Sarah Huntington’s Falcons (11-4, 8-3) when the girls tip-off the festivities at 6 p.m. Warde defeated Ludlowe, 38-26 in a non-league game on Dec. 30.

On the boys’ side, Warde (8-7, 6-5), coached by Ryan Swaller, will take on coach John Dailey’s Falcons (8-5, 5-4) in the nightcap, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. This will be the first meeting this season between the squads.

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.

On Friday we’ll have boys basketball when Brien McMahon travels to Wilton. And our FCIAC Championships coverage continues with our third championship meet this winter: the FCIAC wrestling finals. Check out the complete broadcast schedule here.

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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 at live.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 on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

Warde's Chris Smaldone takes a free throw during a recent game. — Dave Stewart/HAN network photo

Warde’s Chris Smaldone takes a free throw during a recent game. — Dave Stewart/HAN network photo

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