Mikal Bridges led an early 3-point shooting spurt that put Villanova in control, and the third-ranked Wildcats showed they're not ready to relinquish their reign in the Big East, beating No. 4 Xavier 95-79 in a showdown for the league lead
Eventually, in Saturday's Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I semifinals, the game's velocity favored unbeaten and top-seeded New London, with the Whalers outrunning No. 4 Stonington 63-33 to advance to Wednesday's championship game.
Ledyard's Richard Mullaney surprised himself by winning the CIAC Class S heavyweight championship on Saturday, while top seeds Noah Caskey (132 pounds) and Nick Tibbetts (220) won titles for Montville.
Coast Guard Academy freshman Kaitlyn Mooney edged Brittany Bowman of Tufts by two-tenths of a second to capture the women's 3,000-meter race during Saturday's New England Division III indoor track and field championships at Springfield College.
The NBA All-Star Game added spice to its 67th edition by allowing the captains to pick their teams. Team LeBron vs. Team Steph has replaced the traditional East-West format, shuffling allegiances and turning antagonists into uneasy teammates.