With just under a month left in the winter season, the push to qualify for the postseason is drawing nearer by the game.
As such, there are plenty of games worth keeping an eye on this week. Although Goodwin Tech girls basketball gets things started this afternoon, the real action begins Tuesday, where there will be 14 local basketball games between the boys and girls side. With so many different matchups going on, there should be something to keep the interest level high.
This will be a particularly important week for the New Britain boys basketball team. At 4-9, the Hurricanes chances of making the playoffs are still slim, but after dropping eight straight games at one point, they have won three in a row and will certainly look to keep that momentum rolling.
New Britain hosts division opponent Wethersfield (8-6) Tuesday, before making its way over to Bristol Central to take on the Rams (6-7) Friday night in another divisional matchup.
While the Hurricanes are fighting to remain playoff eligible, the Berlin boys (6-7) will be able to secure a spot should the team be able to win both of its games. The Redcoats will be home against Maloney (5-8) on Tuesday, which should be a game they win without much difficulty and will then play at Platt (6-8) on Saturday.
The Newington boys basketball team (7-5) will also have an opportunity to secure a postseason berth this week. Bristol Central on Tuesday will provide an interesting matchup for the Indians. The last time these two teams faced off against one another, Newington managed to eke out a one-point win.
Following Tuesday night’s game, the Indians will be back on the court Wednesday to face Rocky Hill (8-3) and will round out their week Friday against a less than threatening Bristol Eastern team (5-9). With Rocky Hill appearing it will be Newington’s toughest opponent of the week, the Indians appear set to win two of their next three games at the minimum.
Southington (5-5), meanwhile, will take on Conard (3-8) before hosting Simsbury (10-3) on Friday and Northwest Catholic (6-6) on Saturday.
On the girls side, both New Britain and Newington have the chance to qualify for the postseason. It will just be a matter of each taking care of business on the court.
The Hurricanes (7-7) will travel to Wethersfield (9-6) on Tuesday before hosting Bristol Central (1-13) on Friday. The Eagles should provide New Britain with a difficult matchup, but the Rams on the other hand, should not pose much of a threat. Win one and the Hurricanes are in.
The Indians (7-6), meanwhile, will face Bristol Central on Tuesday in what should be a win to start out their three-game week. Newington will then follow that game up with a matchup against Rocky Hill (11-3) on Wednesday and against Bristol Eastern on Friday (12-4).
Berlin (6-9) and Southington (5-8) will both be unable to secure a postseason spot themselves in their respective classes this week, but a good showing will certainly be helpful to make in more plausible next week.
The Redcoats will travel to Maloney (3-11) on Tuesday and host Platt (6-9) on Friday. The Blue Knights will have a much tougher week as it travels to division-leading Conard (12-1) and Simsbury (9-6) on Friday
Wrestling also has some notable matchups beginning Wednesday. Plainville will play host to Berlin in the big local dual meet of the week, as New Britain welcomes Hall it its home gym, Conard visits Southington and Newington travels out to Simsbury.
The weekend tournaments are sure not to disappoint as well. The Redcoats and the Indians will take part in the Matt Bishel Bobcat Classic at Bacon Academy. The Hurricanes will compete at Enfield’s tournament. The Blue Devils will participate in the Woodstock Invitational at Woodstock Academy, while Southington will partake in the Waterford Duals.
Along with the number of ice hockey games and swim meets that will take place, gymnastics and indoor track round out this week’s events.
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