Defending CIAC Class LL Champion Hillhouse nearly doubled up New Haven rival Wilbur Cross, Thursday night, 81-41. The Academics trailed by four heading into the second quarter, but outscored the Governors 74-30 the rest of the night.

All-state guard Joey Kasperzyk missed a second straight game due to a fractured right wrist. He is expected to be out for at least three more games, but the team is 2-0 in these last two games without him. Christian Adams stepped up without Kasperzyk in the lineup, scoring a game-high 24 points.Tyler Douglas picked up 12 points and spearheaded a fantastic defensive effort.

“Pap {Douglas} was the one who really made us go,” said Hillhouse coach Renard Sutton. “The team just entertained everybody with the defense. That’s who we are. That’s our pedigree.”

Wilbur Cross (9-4) leading scorer Will Antrum–around 19 points per game–was held to just 4 points on the night. The Governors were led by Jayden Valderamma, who scored 15 points.

Hillhouse (13-0) is the No. 1 team in the GameTimeCT.com media poll. The Academics are chasing a 24th CIAC title this season. Their mark of 23 state championships is an all-time record for any school in the United States.

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