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Norwalk Teams Face Key Games in Playoff Chase

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s boys and girls basketball teams face pivotal contests Tuesday against Stamford, with both teams looking to earn league playoff berths as the end of the regular season draws near.

The Norwalk boys visit Stamford Tuesday at 7 p.m., while the Norwalk girls host Stamford at 5:45.

The girls have just four regular season games remaining. Norwalk (11-5 overall) and Stamford (9-7 overall) are among three teams tied for sixth in the conference. Eight teams make the league tournament.

Norwalk has played well lately, brining a three-game winning streak into Tuesday’s game. Among the victories was an upset over St. Joseph, which is currently seeded fourth in the league standings . The Bears also have Harding (3-12 overall) and Bridgeport Central (2-14) in their next two games before meeting Westhill (9-7 overall, 8-6 league), another postseason contender, in the regular season finale on Feb. 15.

Norwalk is led by Emma Oyomba (11.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game) and sophomore guard Erica Cohens (11.7 points, 3.1 steals per game).

Stamford won its first five games, but then lost four of its next five. But the Black Knights have won their last two, including a 43-23 victory over New Canaan.

Norwalk’s boys (9-6 overall, 7-6 league) are seeded ninth in the league standings with five league games remaining. Stamford (7-7, 6-6) has six league games left. Both are fighting for one of the eight playoff berths.

Norwalk has had a roller-coaster season, playing well in close losses to Trinity Catholic, St. Joseph and Bassick, who are among the league’s upper echelon. The Bears also lost to Wilton (6-8) and Trumbull (7-7),  which could be potentially devastating in the race for the playoffs.

The Bears are coming off a 53-32 win over Darien. Norwalk has also shown a nice balance on offense. Rasheen Thompson, Saeed Souleman, Ra’Von Shular and  impressive freshman Roy Kane Jr. lead a versatile offensive arsenal for first-year coach Tom Keyes.

The Bears also have a difficult road to finish the season, with games against Harding, Central, Westhill and Danbury awaiting them after Stamford.

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