FCIAC boys basketball semifinal preview

Based on what transpired in the opening round, all tickets for the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference boys basketball semifinals at Fairfield-Warde High School should have a list of cardiologists printed on the back.

Saturday’s quarterfinals were full of hypertension, as two of the four games went to double overtime and another was decided by one point.

Westhill’s Tyrell Alexander is one of the top players in FCIAC boys basketball this season. — Dave Stewart photo

When the day’s drama ended, top-seed Danbury (a 48-47 winner over eighth-seed Fairfield Ludlowe), second-seed Trumbull (a 51-46 winner in two overtimes against seventh-seed Ridgefield), fifth-seed Wilton (a 92-90 double-overtime winner over fourth-seed Fairfield Warde), and sixth-seed Westhill (a 47-40 winner over third-seed Stamford) were the four teams advancing to tonight's semifinals at Fairfield Warde High School.

Both semifinal games will be shown live on HAN.Network with No. 2 Trumbull playing No. 6 Westhill at 5 p.m. and No. 1 Danbury meeting No. 4 Wilton at 6:30.

The two winners play for the FCIAC Championship on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Warde. That game will also be available free in streaming HD on the HAN.Network.

Jack Williams of Wilton is one of the players to watch in the FCIAC boys basketball semifinals. Wilton takes on top-seed Danbury tonight. — JB Cozens photo

The semifinals feature some of the FCIAC’s top players this season, including Jack Moore of Trumbull, Tyrell Alexander and Parish Rowell of Westhill, Jack Williams and Matt Kronenberg of Wilton, and Marcus Fox, Judah James and Scott Nesbitt of Danbury.

Another key performer, Trumbull’s Ben McCullough, will miss the semifinals after receiving two technical fouls in the quarterfinal game with Ridgefield.

The semifinal games are both rematches of regular-season contests: Danbury beat Wilton, 69-50, on Feb. 1 in Wilton; Trumbull topped Westhill, 57-40, on Jan. 29 in Trumbull.

But while Danbury and Trumbull may be the favorites, wins by Wilton and/or Westhill would not shock the world. As Saturday’squarterfinals showed, this year’s tournament is two things: Unpredictable, and not for the faint of heart.

How to watch

Trumbull’s Jack Moore has been among the top players in the FCIAC this season. The Eagles take on Westhill in the boys basketball semifinals. — Dave Stewart photo

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.

It’s easy to watch HAN Network broadcasts on your smart televisions or with Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast.