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3 Norwalk Teams Reach Playoff Finals

NORWALK, Conn. – Three teams from Norwalk will play in the championship games of the Fairfield County Basketball League finals this weekend at various sites in Fairfield County.

The Carver Center sixth-grade team will play in the A Division championship Sunday at Darien High School. The Norwalk Girls Basketball Association fifth-grade squad will play in the A Division final Sunday at Danbury High School. The seventh-grade team from the Norwalk Youth League will play in the A Division final Saturday at Pomperaug High School in Southbury.

The Carver Center team meets Mount Vernon, N.Y., in the final at Darien High School. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. Carver (18-2) had a pair of close calls in the quarterfinals and semifinals. After beating Darien in the semifinals Saturday in overtime, 66-64, Carver eliminated Trumbull Gardens of Bridgeport in the semifinals, 57-55.

Sharod Blackwell’s putback with 20 seconds left gave Carver the lead, and the team survived a last-second shot by the Bridgeport squad. “It wasn’t shot they wanted,’’ coach Mike McElveen said. “We played good defense and were able to get to next round.”

A day after Tyrique Langley scored 42 points to beat Darien, Carver’s offense was more balanced. Carver has won 16 of its last 17 games as it prepares for its first meeting of the season against Mount Vernon, which defeated Darien in the fifth-grade championship last year. “I thought this team had a chance to get to the finals,’’ McElveen said. “We have kids who want to play and they enjoy the competition. We’re missing a few pieces, but they’re still a pretty good team.”

The fifth-grade girls team coached by Rick Fulton advanced with a 25-12 win over Monroe in the semifinals. The girls own a 16-4 record heading into Sunday’s game against Newtown. The teams split two meetings this season. Norwalk won, 22-21, on Dec. 18, and Newtown won, 26-17, on Feb. 11. Tipoff is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. at the Danbury PAL Center.

Norwalk Youth plays Pathways Academy in the 7B Boys South Division championship at 6 p.m. Saturday in Southbury. Norwalk defeated Redding-Easton, 56-54, in the semifinals and St. Theresa’s of Trumbull, 46-43, in the quarterfinals. Pathways bounced back from a loss to Redding Easton in a first-round game to post two victories to get to the final.

Norwalk is 14-13 on the season and has won seven of its last nine games under coach Steve Irish.

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