As I stated here about a month ago, I am covering the Central Connecticut Conference for GameTimeCT. Well, it’s been a lot of fun so far, but also difficult.
The first game I covered was South Windsor vs. East Catholic girls basketball. South Windsor was undefeated at the time the game started, but not when it ended…and this was just my first day.
The next game I covered was New Britain vs. Newington boys basketball. I thought I was going to see another upset, but New Britain, the best team in the CCC at the time and one of the best in the state, came back to beat their cross-town rival. The bright spot of this game, now that I like back on it was freshman guard Jared Simmons of Newington. The kid can do it all. He’s not afraid to drive and go after the bigs, he can shoot from anywhere on the court and has great vision. He will definitely be someone to watch in the coming years.
Starting in the middle of the season was strange, but I am trying to get some contacts and my name out there, especially during tournament time…which has been an experience in itself.
The first tournament I covered was the CCC girls basketball tournament at New Britain High School. The tournament was supposed to be 16 teams, like the boys was, but had to be shortened due to weather. This caused some fans to comments and show their displeasure, but it was a great tournament anyway. The top seeded Farmington lost in the semi-finals and #2 Weaver won it for the first time.
On to the boys tournament.
I have sort of developed a liking for Weaver basketball. I’m not sure how it happened, but I don’t mind. I went to Middletown High School for the first round of the CCC boys tournament last week vs. Weaver. The Beavers pulled the “upset” and moved on to the quarterfinals where they actually pulled an upset against #1 New Britain. They are playing in the CCC semi-finals tonight vs. Hartford Public in the only capital city school that didn’t make the semis, Bulkeley.
That game is sure to be wild.
The first of two semi-finals will be Glastonbury vs. Maloney where two of the best guard in the conference, Jalen Ollie and Tracy Rumley will face-off.
Tonight will be fun. Look for my game stories on GameTimeCT later.