Wesleyan University's Silloway Gymnasium served as the site for the East Catholic High School vs. Northwest Catholic High School boys basketball game Wed., Dec. 28, 2011 at 7 p.m. The J.V. squads for both teams will began the evening's activity at 5:30 p.m.
The varsity contest was the first Connecticut high school regular-season game ever held in Wesleyan's outstanding basketball facillty. Silloway Gym was completed in 2005, part of a major expansion of the college's Freeman Athletic Center.
East Catholic head coach Luke Reilly is the brother of Wesleyan head men's basketball coach Joe Reilly, who has directed his 2011-12 squad to a 9-1 start this season, 5-0 at Silloway Gym. It is the first 9-1 start for Wesleyan since the 1990-91 season. Northwest Catholic head coach John Mirabello played for the legendary Joe Reilly Sr., father of Joe Jr. and Luke, as Joe Sr. directed South Catholic High School to more than 500 victories during his career. Wesleyan Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Jim Akin '72 is a graduate of Northwest Catholic and former coach there. He still holds Wesleyan records for single-game, seasonal and career rebounds in men's basketball. Current Wesleyan sophomore Julian Harris graduated from Northwest Catholic in 2010 and averages 6.8 points and 3.1 rebounds a game while playing an average of 15 minutes an outing in 2011-12.
Northwest Catholic, now 3-0 after its 79-56 victory over East Catholic Wednesday night at Wesleyan, was a Class L finalist last winter. East Catholic stands 2-2 after its loss Wednesday night. Below is a photo from the contest. Luke Reilly is kneeling in front of the East Catholic bench and his brother, Joe, is at the end of the scoring table wearing a red shirt.