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Sunday, January 4, 2009

SCC analysis

After watching Hillhouse blitz Cross Saturday...

If there was any debate before, there isn't any longer: Hillhouse is the team to beat in the league. They have too much depth and length for the other teams. Their first and fourth quarters were reminiscent of their state title seasons.

But their second and third quarters reminded me of last season when they went long stretches being unable to score. In those instances, Hillhouse must create off of its defense to be successful.

The second-best team in the league? Hard to say. Lyman Hall travels to Sheehan Tuesday in what could be a holy war of sorts. Sheehan is coming off a tough one-point loss to Xavier Saturday, but should be ready to go in trying to gain some revenge for last season's two losses to its crosstown rival. Remember, 6 p.m. start time, not 7.

The problem with determining which team is second-best is how the SCC conducts its scheduling. Whether you agree with it or not, and most don't, the reality is this.

Lyman Hall doesn't play Hillhouse or Wilbur Cross during the regular season
Hamden doesn't play Hillhouse or Wilbur Cross during the regular season. Has that ever happened before?

anyhow, it should make for a better SCC tournament with every team that qualifies for the state tournament reaches the league tournament. Although I prefer the old eight-team format, it should make for some good matchups - I hope. Those matchups sometimes never materialize.

For now, it's Lyman Hall, Wilbur Cross, then Xavier. Plenty of good teams in this league.

As far as the Register top 10 poll goes, there should be no change to the top three: Trinity Catholic, Windsor and Hillhouse. All three legitimately could have undefeated regular seasons. And with Trinity in Class L and the other two in Class LL, it could lead to an interesting debate.

Of course, there is plenty of time left for everything to sort itself out.

But if you want to check out a league where EVERYONE PLAYS EVERYONE, undefeated Saced Heart plays undefeated Holy Cross Tuesday night for Naugatuck Valley League supremacy. This looks to be the year where Crosby finally gets dethroned.

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