These games have been postponed to Saturday afternoon and evening, which conflicts with the HAN Network’s plans to cover the FCIAC Cheerleading Championships. Check out our schedule here.
The city of Norwalk will become FCIAC Hoops Central as the Brien McMahon Senators square off against the Norwalk Bears in a basketball doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 5. You can watch all the action live in high definition on the the HAN.Network and its affiliate websites.
Norwalk High School will host both games, with the girls tipping off at 5:30 p.m., and the boys game to follow at approximately 7 p.m.
The Norwalk girls basketball team could clinch a spot in the CIAC Class LL tournament on Friday, as they enter the game with a 7-8 record — one away from the eight-win qualifier. The Bears are also in the thick of the FCIAC playoff hunt with a 6-5 conference mark. They’re currently on the bubble in ninth place, but trail St. Joseph and Wilton by just one game with five remaining.
Norwalk is led by outstanding junior Asiah Knight, the team’s top scoring threat and an All-FCIAC Second Teamer as a sophomore.
Senior Brianna Fitzgerald and Shayla Thorner are the co-captains, and junior Jackie Harris directs the show from the point guard spot.
Norwalk started the season slowly, going 3-6 in its first nine games, but has since improved to go 4-2 in the last six, with the only losses coming to league powers Greenwich and Trumbull. The Bears are coming off a nice win, as they topped Staples, 57-40, on Wednesday.
McMahon has struggled this season, going 3-12 overall and 2-9 in the FCIAC. The Senators are still alive in the state tournament hunt, and need a strong finish to qualify. They won back-to-back games over Central and Trinity Catholic in late January, but have since lost three straight.
The Senators are a young squad that features center Sahara Clarke, forward Jeteya Lawrence and guard Vanessa Giraldo as tri-captains.
Just 4-16 last winter, McMahon has turned a corner this year and is a definite contender in a wild FCIAC boys basketball season. The Senators are 10-4 overall and 6-4 in the FCIAC a mark which places them in a sixth-place tie in the league standings.
McMahon is led by senior guard Jahmerikah Green-Younger, an impact player since his sophomore season and the focal point of the Senators’ attack.
The 6-foot-1 David Civil, a senior, is a standout at center, with juniors T..J. Burden and Eric Day, among others, delivering big moments this winter.
Norwalk, meanwhile, has records of 4-9 overall and 3-6 in the FCIAC, but is still within striking distance of a state tournament berth with seven games remaining.
Given the roller coaster ride of this FCIAC season, the Bears are not out of the conference tournament picture, either, as a 3-6 record is just two games out of eighth place.
Leading the Bears are the 6-foot-3 A.J. Jerome and the 6-foot-5 Jakari Gainer, both senior forwards and co-captains. Also in the role of senior co-captains are guards Zach White and Eddie O’Hara, who can be deadly from beyond the three-point arc.
How to watch
The HAN Network live broadcast of the game can be seen on our homepage, HAN.Network, and on affiliate websites including FCIAC.net. The stream usually begin 10 minutes before the event is scheduled to begin. Rob Adams and crew join you five minutes before the contest begins. Keep in mind that start times are subject to change. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for the latest updates.
Upcoming games and more
The HAN Network’s winter season schedule includes many FCIAC teams in boys and girls ice hockey, boys and girls basketball and wrestling. Some facility restraints have prevented us from covering swimming and gymnastics so far this season. We’ll also be covering much of the FCIAC postseason playoffs and most championships.
Saturday we’ll have live coverage of the FCIAC cheerleading championships. On Monday, we’ll have girls ice hockey between Lauralton Hall and Trumbull; Thursday is another boys-girls basketball doubleheader featuring Fairfield’s two high schools, Ludlowe and Warde. Then on Friday we’ll have boys basketball when McMahon travels to Wilton. Check out the complete broadcast schedule here.
The HAN Network, formerly known as Hersam Acorn Newspapers, is the exclusive FCIAC broadcast partner through the spring of 2018. HAN Network’s broadcasting division replaced HANRadio.com with a new focus on live video streams of high school athletics along with the Network’s news and lifestyle programming.
Along with Connecticut high school sports contests, HAN broadcasts a daily news program, Coffee Break, focusing on southwestern Connecticut at 11 a.m. and a sports talk show, Nutmeg Sports, Monday-Wednesday. You can watch all the shows at live.HAN.Network or on demand at live.HAN.Network/han-on-demand/.