The Final 2022 GameTimeCT Top 10 Boys Basketball Poll: Bristol Central is No. 1

Bristol Central celebrates its 2021-22 Division II championship, Saturday, March 19, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. For the second-consecutive year, the Rams were voted the No. 1 team in the state.

Bristol Central celebrates its 2021-22 Division II championship, Saturday, March 19, 2022 at Mohegan Sun Arena. For the second-consecutive year, the Rams were voted the No. 1 team in the state.

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Once the weekend of championship games concluded at the Mohegan Sun Arena, the final No. 1 boys basketball team was no longer up for debate. What was still unclear was whether it would be unanimous.

Indeed it was as Bristol Central received all 19 first-place votes and 570 total points to finish as the No. 1 team in the final GameTimeCT poll for the second consecutive year. In 2021, Bristol Central received 17 of the 19 first-place votes after winning the CCC championship (there was no state tournament last season).

The Rams defeated Northwest Catholic 56-36 in the Division II state championship game. Bristol Central had defeated Northwest Catholic in the CCC tournament final as well. The Rams were ranked in the top spot all season long and will take a 43-game winning streak into the 2022-23 season.

“It’s incredible to think about the effort that my players, my staff and myself what we’ve put into this,” Bristol Central coach Tim Barrette said. “Every game, the pressure mounted a little bit more when the streak continued to build. Every day, my guys answered the bell and came ready to practice. The intensity during games no matter who the opponent was each night was great.”

East Catholic played its best basketball of the season in March, winning the Division I championship as the No. 8 seed. The Eagles placed second in the final poll with 512 points, followed by Northwest Catholic with 492. Northwest and East Catholic were ranked second and third in the preseason poll, respectively, and neither ever fell out of the top 10.

Notre Dame-West Haven, the Division I finalist, finished fourth while Hand, fresh off its first state championship accomplished in Division III, moved up to the fifth spot. Windsor, which lost to Notre Dame in the semifinals, stayed where it began the state tournament, in sixth.

Fairfield Prep, another Division I semifinalist, is seventh, followed by Bloomfield, the Division IV state champion, at No. 8. The Warhawks are the fifth team from the CCC in the final top 10.

“Top to bottom talent-wise, I think it is the best conference in the state,” Barrette said about the CCC. “I think our 21st team would be ranked in the middle of the pack at worst in some other conference. There is never an easy night in the CCC. The league is also loaded with extremely talented coaching staffs.”

Kolbe Cathedral, the Division III runner-up, is ninth and Wilton, which went to overtime with Bristol Central in the Division II semifinals, rounds out the top 10.

The GameTimeCT Top 10 Boys Basketball Poll (Final)

TEAM
REC
PTS
LAST
CLASS

1. BRISTOL CENTRAL (19)

28-0
570
1
II
Final Result: Def. Northwest Catholic 56-36 to win Division II state championship.
The Bottom Line: Rams finish where they started. They finish No. 1 for the second consecutive season and take a 43-game winning streak into the 2022-23 season.

2. EAST CATHOLIC

20-6
512
9
I
Final Result: Def. Notre Dame-West Haven 50-49 to win Division I state championship.
The Bottom Line: Eagles put it all together at the most opportune time and with no seniors on the roster, a good bet to be the preseason No. 1 team next December.

3. NWC

25-3
492
T2
II
Final Result: Lost to Bristol Central 56-36 in Division II final.
The Bottom Line: Lions only losses were to Bristol Central (twice) and Wilbur Cross. They lose a strong class Matty Curtis, Jehyvic Spencer and Hayden Abdullah, but will return Badara Diakite and Gianni Mirabello among others to be a legitimate CCC title contender.

4. NOTRE DAME-WH

25-2
458
T2
I
Final Result: Lost to East Catholic 50-49 in Division I final.
The Bottom Line: The Green Knights’ bid for their first state championship fell just short, but they will return virtually every key player to take another Run to the Sun next season.

5. HAND

23-4
388
10
III
Final Result: Def. Kolbe Cathedral 56-39 to win Division III state championship.
The Bottom Line: A tremendous defensive performance in Saturday’s championship propelled the Tigers to their first state championship. Three of their losses came to top-10 teams.

6. WINDSOR

20-5
368
6
I
Final Result: Lost to Notre Dame-West Haven 60-57 in Division I semifinals.
The Bottom Line: Prince Samuels was the only senior on the roster. That means behind Tyl\er Betsey and Rahsawn Tibby, the Warriors are also going to be a factor come March, 2023.

7. FAIRFIELD PREP

22-4
311
7
I
Final Result: Lost to East Catholic 47-40 in Division I semifinals.
The Bottom Line: Ryan Preisano’s 3-point buzzer-beating shot in the quarterfinals was arguably the best moment of the entire postseason.

8. BLOOMFIELD

21-5
259
NR
IV
Final Result: Def. Granby 58-54 to win the Division IV state championship.
The Bottom Line: Playing in Connecticut’s best conference fueled this Warhawks’ run to their first state championship since 2008 and broke a three-game losing streak in championship games.

9. KOLBE CATHEDRAL

22-4
237
8
III
Final Result: Lost to Hand 56-39 in Division III final.
The Bottom Line: Najimi George headlines a good nucleus of players returning for the Cougars next season.

10. WILTON

21-5
198
NR
II
Final Result: Lost Bristol Central 54-52 (OT) in Division II semifinals.
The Bottom Line: Warriors had a couple of opportunities late in regulation to take down Bristol Central. Still an impressive performance earns them the final spot in the final poll.