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CIAC Boys Basketball Playoffs: Five FCIAC teams advance to second round

It was a mixed bag for FCIAC teams in the first round of the CIAC boys basketball tournaments on Monday, as five league teams advanced, and five had their seasons come to a close.

The conference was 4-5 in Class LL, with one of those losses coming in a head-to-head matchup, with Trumbull defeating Greenwich, 70-45.

Also advancing in Class LL were Warde, which held off Xavier 55-54, Danbury, which topped Amity 58-50, and Darien, which outscored West Haven by 20 in the fourth quarter to win, 70-56.

The Ridgefield Tigers, who had three dramatic games while winning their first FCIAC championship last week, lost to Shelton, 50-48, on a buzzer beater by Brian Berrito. That game was carried live by the HAN Network and is available on demand by clicking here.

Also falling in Class LL were Staples, Brien McMahon and Ludlowe.

The FCIAC’s lone representative in Class M, the St. Joseph Caders, took to the road and knocked off Suffield, 58-41.

Tuesday’s boys hoops schedule will be lighter, as just two FCIAC schools — Wilton and Trinity Catholic — will be in action. Wilton will host Woodstock Academy in Class L, and Trinity will host Somers in Class S.

Monday’s scoreboard and the Wednesday’s second-round match-ups are below.

Scoreboard for Monday, March 6

Class LL Tournament, First Round

Trumbull 70, Greenwich 45

East Hartford 74, Staples 48

Warde 55, Xavier 54

Hamden 76 McMahon 67

Shelton 50, Ridgefield 48

Weaver 74, Fairfield Ludlowe 43

Danbury 58, Amity 50

Darien 70, West Haven 56

Class M Tournament, First Round

St. Joseph 58, Suffield 41

Class LL Second Round – Wed., March 8

Start times are tentatively set for 7 p.m.

No. 22 Fairfield Prep (11-10) at No. 6 Trumbull (20-3)

No. 10 Warde (16-6) at No. 7 NFA (17-4)

No. 13 Darien (15-7) at No. 4 East Hartford (19-2)

No. 17 Danbury (15-7) at No. 1 Notre-Dame-West Haven (21-0)

Class M Second Round – Wed., March 8

No. 26 St. Joseph (10-11) at No. 10 Tolland (15-6)


Original Story: The Ridgefield Tigers have had three days to celebrate their first-ever FCIAC boys basketball championship, and now, it’s back to work as the CIAC playoffs get underway.

Ten of the 12 FCIAC teams that qualified for the state tournaments will be in action on Monday, including nine in the first round of the Class LL playoffs.

There’s just one head-to-head league game, as No. 27 Greenwich plays at No. 6 Trumbull, a match-up which went Trumbull’s way during the regular season, 66-59.

The Class LL tournament’s first round looks like the FCIAC-SCC challenges, as the two conferences clash in five games. Those include No. 17 Danbury at No. 16 Amity; No. 20 West Haven at No. 13 Darien; No. 18 Shelton at No. 15 Ridgefield; No. 23 Xavier at No. 10 Warde; and No. 19 Hamden at No. 14 McMahon.

The Shelton-Ridgefield contest will be carried live by the HAN Network starting at 6:50 tonight.

Here’s the schedule for games involving FCIAC schools (scores will be updated throughout the evening):

Monday, March 6

Class LL Tournament, First Round

Trumbull 70, Greenwich 45

East Hartford 74, Staples 48

Warde 55, Xavier 54

Hamden 76 McMahon 67

Shelton 50, Ridgefield 48

Weaver 74, Fairfield Ludlowe 43

Danbury 58, Amity 50

Darien 70, West Haven 56

Class M Tournament, First Round

St. Joseph 58, Suffield 41

Upcoming Rounds for Class LL and M

Second Round – Wed., March 8 at higher seeds

Quarterfinals – Fri., March 10 at higher seeds

Semifinals – Tues., March 14 at TBA

Final – Fri. or Sat., March 18-19, at Mohegan Sun Arena

Tuesday, March 7

Class L, First Round

No. 27 Woodstock Academy (8-12) at No. 6 Wilton (17-6), 7 p.m.

Class S, First Round

No. 27 Somers (9-11) at No. 6 Trinity Catholic (15-6), 7 p.m.

Upcoming Rounds for Class L and S

Second Round – Thurs., March 9 at higher seeds

Quarterfinals – Mon., March 13 at higher seeds

Semifinals – Wed., March 15 at TBA

Final – Fri. or Sat., March 18-19, at Mohegan Sun Arena

The Ridgefield Tigers and Danbury Hatters will both be in action on Monday as the CIAC Class LL boys basketball tournaments tip off. — Dave Stewart/HAN Network photo

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