Tuesday night hoops on the HAN Network will feature an old-school rivalry as the Danbury Hatters travel to Ridgefield High School to take on the Tigers on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m.
You can watch the HAN Network’s live pregame show at 6:50 p.m., and the game live at HAN.Network, or on Frontier Communications’ Vantage Sports Network (Chs. 600/1600).
Watch the game below:
The last time these two teams met, Ridgefield defeated Danbury 67-63 in double-overtime in the 2016-17 FCIAC semifinal. With three seconds left in regulation, Zach Esemplare took the inbound pass and hit a game-tying 3-pointer to force overtime. Esemplare was clutch again at the foul line in double overtime to seal the win for the Tigers and get them into the FCIAC final, where they would go on to beat the Wilton Warriors.
Danbury enters this rivalry game undefeated at 6-0 overall, 3-0 record in the FCIAC.
The Hatters were a heavy preseason favorite for many since they bring back some key starters from last season’s squad, that finished 13-7 overall. Senior captains Javon Hernandez, Jordan Brown, and Cameron Snow were essential pieces to the Hatters last season and are already making an impact on the hardwood so far this season. Junior captain, Denali Burton is a dominant 6-4 power forward who has the ability to take over any game with his ability on both sides of the floor.
The defending FCIAC champions, Ridgefield is coming off back to back impressive wins against Stamford (79-60) and Trinity Catholic (64-63 OT). The Tigers currently sit 4-2 overall, 3-0 in the FCIAC.
The Tigers lost a senior class that included Esemplare and key starters Joe Newborn, Chris Longo and Nick Laudati, who helped win the first conference title in school history. This season, the Tigers look to defend their crown with help from senior Brendan McNamara, who also was a crucial part of last year’s team. McNamara is coming off back-to-back strong performances, scoring 29 points in the win against Stamford and 18 points, including the game-winning shot in overtime, against Trinity Catholic.
Expect the Tigers Den to be extra loud Tuesday night!
Frank Granito and Kevin Coleman will be on the call.
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