Boys basketball debuts Thursday: Danbury at Norwalk

The HAN network will tip off its boys basketball coverage when the Danbury Hatters take on the Norwalk Bears at Norwalk High School at 7 p.m., Thursday. You can watch the game at live.HAN.Network and HAN's affiate websites — or in the video player below:

The game is part of what figures to be a wide-open FCIAC playoff race this season, as many of last year’s top players graduated. Westhill’s Tyrell Alexander is the only returning player from last year’s All-Conference first and second teams.

Danbury (4-0, 1-0), which returns much of its roster from a team that qualified for the FCIAC tournament last year, is at the forefront of the contenders this season.

The No. 8 seed in last winter’s FCIAC tournament, Danbury gave top-seeded Westhill, the eventual champion, all it could handle before falling 46-38 in the quarterfinal round.

The Hatters have roared out of the starting gate this season, beating Abbott Tech 68-39, Immaculate 62-52, Hartford Public 69-63 and Westhill 77-55 on Tuesday.

Leading the way are Marcus Fox, a 6-foot-3 forward who averaged double-digits in scoring last winter and has taken on the role of a team co-captain for his junior year.

Also filling the role of co-captains are a trio of seniors in forwards Judah James and Pierre Moudourou, both 6-foot-3, and football standout Tyren McCrea, a guard.

Norwalk (0-4, 0-1), meanwhile has struggled so far this season and is still looking for its first victory. The Bears fell to Harding 92-77 in their opener, before losing to Masuk 66-60, Ridgefield 52-38, and on Tuesday to Trinity Catholic, 76-64.

The Bears, who finished as last year’s FCIAC runners-up, graduated most of their scoring from that team, but they still boast plenty of talent and should be able to right the ship before long.

Leading the Bears are the 6-foot-3 A.J. Jerome and the 6-foot-5 Jakari Gainer, both senior forwards and co-captains.

Also taking on the role of senior co-captains are guards Zach White and Eddie O’Hara, who can be deadly from beyond the three-point arc.

You can watch Thursday's game on your computer, phone, tablet or web-ready TV at live.HAN.Network, and HAN's affiliate websites. Coverage, led by Rob Adams, begins at 6:55 p.m. on Thursday.

Upcoming games and more

The HAN Network will be covering numerous events throughout the FCIAC’s winter season, including ice hockey, basketball, wrestling, swimming and diving, and the conference’s postseason championships.

We'll have both ends of the St. Joseph-Trumbull boys and girls basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 9. We'll also feature Norwalk boys basketball at Stamford on Tuesday, Jan. 12; and gymnastics makes its debut on Thursday, Jan. 14, with a meet between Darien and Greenwich. Check out the complete broadcast schedule here.

The HAN Network, formerly known as Hersam Acorn Newspapers, is the exclusive FCIAC broadcast partner through the spring of 2018. HAN Network’s broadcasting division replaced with a new focus on live video streams of high school athletics along with the Network’s news and lifestyle programming.

Along with Connecticut high school sports contests, HAN broadcasts a daily news program, Coffee Break, focusing on southwestern Connecticut at 11 a.m. and a sports talk show, Nutmeg Sports, Monday-Wednesday. You can watch all the shows at live.HAN.Network or on demand at live.HAN.Network/han-on-demand/.

You can check out more of the winter schedule at this link. And be sure to follow the HAN Network on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.