It’s nothing more than a coincidence.

But still, in a year where both the Darien boy and girls basketball teams—who historically do not live up to the lofty expectations that go along with donning the blue-and-white—finished as highly as they have in recent memory, both did it with size.

The boys team was led by senior Alex Preston.

The 6-foot-8 senior was one of the best players in the FCIAC, and regarded as the top front court presence. Preston averaged 18 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks per game for a Blue Wave team that made plenty of noise all year.

The Darien boys finished the year at 15-7 overall and 12-4 in the FCIAC. Its second-place finish in-conference was the best of coach Charoy Bentley’s three-year tenure at the helm.

Fellow senior Theo Moore averaged eight points and four rebounds per game, and breakout junior Jack Tierney (6-foot-6) averaged six and four in a limited role for Darien.

For all their regular-season success, the Wave boys fell short come postseason. Darien ran out of time in its comeback attempt against Danbury, falling 59-56 in the opening round of the FCIAC tourney.

Both the boys and the girls won their CIAC tournament openers over West Haven, but both fell in the second round to top-ranked teams. The girls to No. 1 Trumbull, the boys to No. 4 East Hartford.

While the record might not jump out statistically for the girls—9-10 overall—they weren’t an easy win in any matchup, a far cry from years past.

If star freshman guard Ashley Humphrey hadn’t injured herself early in the year, the girls were poised to make a run at both the FCIAC and state.

Even with her absence, and having to play three freshmen guards routinely, bigs Katie Ramsay and Christine Fiore kept Darien competitive in every game, and led them to a Class LL opening round win.

While the boys lose their two best big men, the girls return both Ramsay and Fiore.

With both of the 6-footers back in the fold, as well as the underclassmen with plenty of experience, Steve Dunn and the Darien girls are certainly on the upswing for the 2017-18 season.

aparelli@bcnnew.com; @reportedbytheAP