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Jr. Division Champions
by posted 09/25/2021



Connecticut Basketball Conference Playoffs 

August 28, 2021




The Madison 5B Jr. Tigers started the summer session strong and finished it strong.


Opening summer league play in early July, the Jr. Tigers--fresh off the baseball field--squared off with powerhouse Stonington 5B in their opener.  The prevailed in a see-saw battle by a score of 55-42. 


This victory was a harbinger of things to come.


When it came time--as it does for all summer league teams--to "play up" they not only shined, finishing a perfect 5-0 verssus their 6B opponents.


The highlight of the regular season came on its final day while playing a Friday Night double header versus 6B opponents.  Virtually dead and buried in both games, they bested Valley 6B 55-48 and outlasted Groton 6B, 51-50.


They punctuated the season in the Championship game with another incredibly strong performance versus the team in which they started the summer campaign, Stonington 5B, 50-21--and in doing so set the summer league scoring record 424 points in 9 games. 


Congratulations Madison 5B!  







Connecticut Basketball Conference Playoffs 

August 28, 2021


It was a season of ups-and-downs for the Old Lyme 6B Wildcats. 


While they had their fair share of success during the regular season to finish above .500, it also included a 50-26 drubbing at the hands of Groton 7B and a 52-37 defeat in their matchup with division winners Valley 6B 


"Respect the Process" became the Old Lyme clarion call for the post season.


And it paid off . . . .


With Groton 6B closing in late in their semi-final matchup, the regained their composure to go on an 8-2 run to seal a devisive 39-24 victory.


In the Championship game, their dedication to process kept them close with Valley 6B in a game in which the lead changed 9 times--but they still found themselves behind late with starters in foul trouble.  


Again, following the process paid off with quality minutes from the bench that powered their 51-19 victory in a game that came down to the final possession. 


Old Lyme will begin the defense of their Championship for the 2021-22 winter season on Saturday, December 9, 2021 in a divisional match-up versus the Clinton Jr. Huskies.




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Senior Division Champions
by posted 09/23/2021


Connecticut Basketball Conference Playoffs 

August 28, 2021


On July 22, 2020, New Britain 7G/8G faced off in their first regular season matchup with division winner East Haddam/Waterford--and were embarrased by a 44-20 loss. 


But they persisted . . .


When they met again, on August 5, 2020, they fared better but again came up far short to even get in position to win, losing 45-32.


But they persisted . . .


When the two teams met today's 7G/8G Championship game, the outcome was supposed to have been a foregone conclusion.  But New Britain was committed to being in a continual state of improvement--and persisting....


New Britain--committed to being the best version of themselves for 32 minutes--opened the game with pressure and never looked back.  They finished the first quarter, powered by their press, with a 18 to 9 lead and kept division winning East Haddam/Waterford at bay, cruising to a 52-40 victory.


In doing so, they accomplished one of the most difficult feat in all of basketball--defeating a team that has bested them twice.


New Britain will begin the defense of their Championship on December 3, 2021 against goliah Haddam-Killingworth (the 2019-20 Champions) in what is expected to be the Connnecticut Basketball Game-of-the-Week (webcast on our Youtube channel).




Connecticut Basketball Conference Playoffs 

August 26, 2021


"Next man up!"


It's been the clarion call for the Madison 8B Jr. Tigers (pictured here) throughout the 2021 summer season. 


Overcoming baseball conflicts and a COVID quarantine, the Tigers mixed and matched personnel throughout the dog days of summer to stay a perfect 8-0 during the regular season. 


"Next man up," was even a theme amongst the coaching staff, as Madison set a Connecticut Basketball record by deploying four seperate head coaches in one season.  


In the playoffs, the Jr. Tigers made the most of their first round bye by resting their skeleton crew and facing off versus Glastonbury 8B with just the "Madison 5" plus two substitutes from their junior division teams.  The Tigers jumped out to an early lead against the Jr. Tomahawks--their subs provided much needed quality minutes--and they nursed their lead to a 43-32 victory.


They went to battle in the Championship Game against a foe that is their mirror image, Groton 8B.  The Jr. Falcons--who typcially thrive in the chaos of their press--pressured Madison the full length of the court but in the final analysis, it simply wasn't enough.


Madison 60, Groton. 47--and another title.  With a talented group in front of them (starting high school this year) and a loaded Club behind them--playing at Mohegan Sun for a state high school title in the coming years is an acheivable goal for this team.  


On Friday night, the Madison 5B Jr. Tigers playing under the moniker "Cardiac Kids" will try to extend their Club's winning ways in the 5B Championship game versus Stonington 5B.  Tipoff is at 6:45p.m. at Homefield in Centerbrook.