Hillhouse-Crosby: Get there early
On Friday night the Hillhouse basketball team will meet Crosby-Waterbury in the Class LL quarterfinals.
This is a matchup that could very well have come in the finals but with the brackets jam-packed with talented teams, several early-round games feature two teams with the potential to win it all.
It is a classic contest featuring Hillhouse's Mike Moore and a surging talent in Kwamaine McCarter against Crosby superstar B.J. Monteiro.
Monteiro is one of the most consistent scorers in the state. Even when you feel he didn't play his best game, you look at the scorebook and he's got 20 points.He glides to the hoop with grace and pulls up on jumpers like Kobe Bryant. He will be a college standout.
Crosby has a young team which has been bolstered by the early-season transfer of Lavar Moore, who scored 20 points in the Bulldogs' second-round win against a tough Bridgeport Central team.
If you're going I have two words for you: Good, and luck.
The game will be held at New Britain High School which fire officials say holds around 1,600 people. The two schools will be allotted 300 tickets apiece.
I know Crosby will sell those out immediately and Hillhouse will also sell them all. That means that there will be only around 1,000 seats available for the rest of the public and I've said for several years now that no team brings as many fans as Crosby.
Plus the game is also a high school basketball fan's dream matchup and will attract fans from around the state.
In other words it will be very hard to get a ticket for the game.
It starts at 7 p.m. but other such matchups have seen lines of fans forming to get tickets as early as 3:30 p.m.
It will be a madhouse, just like it's supposed to be.