Based on what transpired in the opening round, all tickets for the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference boys basketball semifinals should have a list of cardiologists printed on the back.
Saturday’s quarterfinals were full of hypertension, as two of the four games went to double overtime and another was decided by one point.
FCIAC playoffs live on HAN Tuesday:
5 PM: #2 Trumbull High vs. #6 Westhill
6:30: #1 Danbury vs. #5 Wilton
When the day’s drama ended, top-seed Danbury (a 48-47 winner over eighth-seed Fairfield Ludlowe), second-seed Trumbull (a 51-46 winner in two overtimes against seventh-seed Ridgefield), fifth-seed Wilton (a 92-90 double-overtime winner over fourth-seed Fairfield Warde), and sixth-seed Westhill (a 47-40 winner over third-seed Stamford) were the four teams advancing to Tuesday night’s semifinals at Fairfield Warde High School.
Both semifinal games will be shown live on HAN.Network with Trumbull playing Westhill of Stamford at 5 p.m. and Danbury meeting Wilton at 6:30.
The two winners play for the FCIAC Championship on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Warde. That game will also be available free in streaming HD on the HAN.Network.
The semifinals feature some of the FCIAC’s top players this season, including Jack Moore of Trumbull, Tyrell Alexander and Parish Rowell of Westhill, Jack Williams and Matt Kronenberg of Wilton, and Marcus Fox, Judah James and Scott Nesbitt of Danbury.
Another key performer, Trumbull’s Ben McCullough, will miss the semifinals after receiving two technical fouls in the quarterfinal game with Ridgefield.
The semifinal games are both rematches of regular-season contests: Danbury beat Wilton, 69-50, on Feb. 1 in Wilton; Trumbull topped Westhill, 57-40, on Jan. 29 in Trumbull.
But while Danbury and Trumbull may be the favorites going into tomorrow night, wins by Wilton and/or Westhill would not shock the world. As Saturday’s quarterfinals showed, this year’s tournament is two things: Unpredictable, and not for the faint of heart.
How to watch
The HAN Network live broadcast of the game can be seen on our homepage, HAN.Network, and on affiliate websites including FCIAC.net. The stream usually begin 10 minutes before the event is scheduled to begin. Rob Adams and crew join you five minutes before the contest begins. Keep in mind that start times are subject to change (teams often share venues and schedules can fall behind). Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for the latest updates.
Winter 2016 Postseason Broadcasts:
• FCIAC Boys Ice Hockey Playdown: 3 Fairfield vs. 6 St. Joseph
• FCIAC Boys Ice Hockey Playdown: 4 Ridgefield vs. 5 New Canaan
• FCIAC Girls Ice Hockey Championship: 1 Darien vs. 2 New Canaan
• FCIAC 2016 Girls Basketball Championship: 1 Fairfield Warde vs. 2 Stamford
• FCIAC Girls Ice Hockey Semifinal: 1 Darien vs. 4 Stamford-Westhill-Staples
• FCIAC Girls Ice Hockey Semifinal: 2 New Canaan vs. 3 Ridgefield
• 2016 FCIAC Wrestling Championship
• 2016 FCIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships
• 2016 FCIAC Cheerleading Championships
About the HAN Network
The HAN Network, formerly known as Hersam Acorn Newspapers, is the exclusive FCIAC broadcast partner through the spring of 2018. HAN Network’s broadcasting division replaced HANRadio.com with a new focus on live video streams of high school athletics along with the Network’s news and lifestyle programming. Check out the complete broadcast schedule here.
Along with Connecticut high school sports contests, HAN broadcasts a daily news program, Coffee Break, focusing on southwestern Connecticut at 11 a.m. and a sports talk show, Nutmeg Sports, Monday-Wednesday. You can watch all the shows at live.HAN.Network or on demand at live.HAN.Network/han-on-demand/.