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Boys' basketball/state championship roundup

By Ned Griffen

Publication: The Day

Published March 23. 2014 4:00AM

Class LL

Bridgeport Central 76, Fairfield Prep 73: Orhan Cecunjamin made a go-ahead layup with 21 seconds left as second-seeded Bridgeport Central rallied from a 19-point deficit and stunned top-ranked and unbeaten Fairfield Prep 76-73 on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena to win the program's fifth state title.

The Hilltoppers trailed 45-26 with 39 seconds left in the first half.

Prep (27-1) had been the top-ranked team in the New Haven Register Top 10 since the preseason.

Marcus Blackwell had 17 points and nine rebounds for Central (27-1) and Sha'quan Bretoux had 12 points and eight rebounds. Cecunjamin added 16 points and 17 rebounds.

Providence-bound center Paschal Chukwu had 21 points, 17 rebounds and 12 blocks for the Jesuits. Keith Pettway and Ryan Foley both scored 17.

A Chukwu block led to a Pettway layup on the other end with 39 seconds, giving Prep a 73-72 lead.

Pettway was fouled on the play but missed the free throw.

Central came back with Cecunjamin driving on Chukwu and making a reverse layup to put his team back ahead with 21 seconds remaining.

Tyler Ancrum followed with a steal and made both free throws to push the Hilltoppers' lead to 76-73 with 10 seconds left. He had 15 points.

Pettway missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Class M

East Catholic 87, Weaver 60: Tyrell Arnum made 12 of his 17 field goals and finished with a game-high 26 points and 16 rebounds as third-seeded East Catholic blitzed No. 12 Weaver.

East Catholic (19-6) lost twice to Weaver during the regular season. It was the Eagles' fourth state title.

Winston Morgan scored 21 for East Catholic while reserve Jeff Czapla had 13 points and nine rebounds. Also, Mark Carbone scored 11.

Chaylynn Martin had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Beavers (20-9), the Central Connecticut Conference champions. Josh Jones had 16 points, six rebounds and four steals.

Weaver shot just 29.5 percent from the floor and missed 23 of 43 free throws.

The Beavers led 16-8 with more than two minutes left in the first quarter.

Winston and the Eagles took over in the second quarter. Winston scored 13 in that period, including a late 3-pointer that gave his team a 42-31 lead.

East Catholic extended its lead to 63-41 after three quarters.

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