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Fairfield Prep vs Central: dream game for title

The Class LL championship on Saturday night should be worth far more than the price of admission.

Fairfield Prep and Bridgeport Central, two schools separated by just 11 miles, will battle for a state title. Both teams are overflowing with talent and extremely well-coached.

The Jesuits are chasing something few high school basketball teams ever attain: the perfect season. Central is the only team left standing between Prep, perfection, and a state title.

The Hilltoppers (26-1) are stacked with three very gifted players in Marcus Blackwell, Sha'quan Breteoux, and FCIAC player of the year, Tyler Ancrum. The only blemish on their otherwise pristine record is a 78-75 overtime loss to Westhill.

Prep will count on a wealth of experience, as well as talent. The team will be playing in its third title game in the last four years. However, the Jesuits are still seeking their first championship since 1997.

Every conversaton about Prep centers around it's 7'2" presence in the paint. Paschal Chukwu is a force on both ends of the floor, altering shoots and game plans of opponents with his length. He doesn't even have to score to have a major impact on the game.

Prep is far from a one-man team, though. While not all that deep,  the Jesuits do have a solid starting unit. Keith Pettway,  Thomas Nolan, Dave Zielinski,  Ryan Foley, and Ryan Murphy have been part of the great chemistry that's produced a 27-0 record.

One more win and they'll achieve perfection. Getting that one win over Central, could be the toughest one to attain all season. This game is what dreams are made of.

 

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