It’s Greenwich vs. Central in boys hoops showdown tonight

Bridgeport Central's Sha'quan Bretoux battles for position during last year's FCIAC tournament. Bretoux and  the Hilltoppers will take on Greenwich in a battle for first place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, at BCHS. (David Hahn/MSG Varsity Photo)

Bridgeport Central’s Sha’quan Bretoux battles for position during last year’s FCIAC tournament. Bretoux and the Hilltoppers will take on Greenwich in a battle for first place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, at BCHS. (David Hahn/MSG Varsity Photo)

The Greenwich Cardinals and Bridgeport Central Hilltoppers, ranked No. 3 and 4 respectively in this week’s New Haven Register boys basketball poll, will battle for first place in an FCIAC spotlight game today at 7 p.m. at BCHS.

The Cardinals carry records of 14-0 overall and 12-0 in the FCIAC into tonight’s clash, while Central is 13-1 overall and 12-1 in league play.

Greenwich, which has already beaten third-place Westhill (13-2, 11-2), and fourth-place Ridgefield (11-3, 10-3) would just about lock up the league’s No. 1 seed with a win. The Cards will have four games remaining after Tuesday’s game and would need to lose at least three to fall out of the top spot.

Should Central win, it would move into first place and would own the head-to-head tebreaker over the Cardinals. The defending league champions, the Hilltoppers also have four games remaining on the FCIAC schedule — three against teams with sub-.500 records.

The Cardinals are led by guard C.J. Byrd, 6-foot-10 center Alex Wolf, and defensive standout Jonathan Palmer.

Greenwich has shocked a lot of people and is one of just three unbeaten teams in the state, joining top-ranked Fairfield Prep (16-0) and Westbrook (17-0), the Class S leader.

Central looks to seniors Tyler Ancrum and Sha’Quan Bretoux as its top weapons, with junior Marcus Blackwell as another scoring threat.

The ’Toppers have racked up 1,055 points this season, and are averaging 75 per game. They’ve also scored 70 or more eight times, 80 of more five times, and topped the century mark in a 107-69 win at Harding on Jan. 10.

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Also ranked in the top 10 are the Westhill Vikings, who were voted No. 7 in this week’s poll. The Vikings are in third place in the FCIAC standings and own the head-to-head tiebreaker against Central, having beaten the Hilltoppers 78-75 in overtime on Jan. 31.

Westhill is a game ahead of Ridgefield, but needs to keep winning to keep in front. The Tigers beat the Vikings earlier this season and own the tiebreaker.

Stamford, which is in fifth place with a 9-3 league record, is a half-game behind Ridgefield, but has one extra game remaining on the schedule and could move in front of the Tigers thanks to its 53-49 win back on Jan. 10.

Stamford has a huge game on Wednesday as it will play at Westhill at 7 p.m.

Harding (7-6 FCIAC) is in sixth place but is on a three-game slide which has put its playoff hopes in jeopardy.

The rest of the field is a log jam, with three teams — McMahon, Trinity, and Wilton — tied for seventh at 6-6, and five more tied at 5-7.

Wilton has a slight edge in that three-way tie, as the Warriors beat Trinity 59-56 on Jan. 7, and can make a big move with a win at McMahon at 7 p.m., Tuesday.

Trinity split it’s two games with Wilton and McMahon, falling to the Warriors while beating McMahon, 54-54, on Jan. 17.

The five teams tied at 5-7 are Bassick, Norwalk, Trumbull, Darien, and St. Joseph, all of which remain in the hunt in what is shaping up to be a wild finish to the season.

Here’s Tuesday’s boys hoops schedule

Harding at Bassick, 6:30 p.m.

Trinity Catholic at Ridgefield, 7 p.m.

Staples at St. Joseph, 7 p.m.

Greenwich at Central, 7 p.m.

Wilton at McMahon, 7 p.m.

Norwalk at Trumbull, 7 p.m.

Darien at Danbury, 7 p.m.

Ludlowe at Warde, 7:45 p.m.

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