Matchup of city boys basketball teams tonight highlights week ahead

Published on Sunday, 19 February 2017 22:03

Staff writer

The final city contest of the winter season highlights the week ahead as the high school sports scene winds down its regular season.

Bristol Central will host Bristol Eastern tonight in boys basketball, seeking to reverse its overtime loss to the Lancers in the first meeting and perhaps clinch a CCC Tournament berth as well.

The Lancers will come into the match with a 5-13 record that includes that overtime win last month. Eastern can no longer clinch an automatic postseason berth, but the Lancers may be able to sneak in if they can get to the seven-win plateau and get lots of outside help.

After tonight’s game with Central, the Lancers will wrap up their regular season at Berlin on Wednesday.

There are currently 28 teams that have clinched a spot in Class L and five more with seven wins who could be part of the group that fills the 32-team field. If Eastern can get into that seven-win group and have enough tie breakers go its way, it could sneak into the top 32, although that scenario is becoming more unlikely.

One of the seven-win teams is Berlin, which would clinch a tournament spot with a win over Plainville tonight or Eastern on Wednesday.

Central has clinched a spot in the Class L tournament and will be looking to close the regular season with a 10-10 mark when it takes on Eastern tonight. The Rams currently sit as the 23rd seed and have a chance to move up a couple of spots with a win and tiebreaker help.

The Rams are on the bubble in the CCC Tournament as well. Heading into last weekend’s action, Central was the 16th and final seed in the tournament field. A win over Eastern would put Central at .500 in CCC competition, but the Rams will probably still need some help from tiebreakers to hold on to the last slot and earn a potential match with top-ranked Weaver later this week.

St. Paul’s boys will close out their season at Crosby on Wednesday before taking part in the NVL tournament next weekend. The Falcons are 15-4 and need a win to ensure a top eight seed and two home games in the Class S tournament.

Terryville will wrap up at home on Wednesday against Housatonic Regional. The Kangaroos are 9-10 and in a tie for the 28th seed in Class S field. They could move up as much as four places with a win. Terryville will be in the Berkshire League tournament over the weekend.

The official pairings for the girls state tournament will be released on Wednesday. Both St. Paul and Bristol Eastern will be in the field.

The Falcons will be a top eight seed in Class M while the Lancers should earn an opening round home game in the Class LL field.

The Bristol co-op swim team closes out its dual meet season at home on Tuesday against Middletown, the top team in the CCC South Blue division.

A number of area wrestlers will compete in New Haven in the State Open meet this weekend. Class L state champion Bristol Eastern will send 10 wrestlers to the event and Bristol Central will have two.

Terryville had two individual state champs along with three other place winners last weekend and all five will be at the Open on Friday.

St. Paul has one wrestler who qualified in the Class S tournament.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, General Sports, St. Paul, Terryville on Sunday, 19 February 2017 22:03. Updated: Sunday, 19 February 2017 22:06.