Boys basketball: Trumbull advances to Division I semifinals

Timmond Williams attacks the basket for two of his 31 points.
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SOUTHBURY — Trumbull High had a 20-4 run in the fourth quarter on its way to upending No. 4 Sacred Heart, 73-66, in a Division I quarterfinal game on Monday night.

Seeded No. 5, coach Buddy Bray’s Eagles, now 19-3, will be playing East Catholicn its first state semifinal since 1974 on Wednesday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center New Haven at 7.

“Credit our kids,” Bray said. “They did a lot of switching action inside. This was a loud gym and they played within the game.”

Timmond Williams scored 31 points. Chris Brown had 21 and Mileeq Green 10.

Sacred Heart, ranked first in the Gametime CT Boys Basketball Poll, finished at 20-2.

Evan Gutowski gets around 6-11 Collin Tierney for a bucket.
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“Trumbull shot the ball well and we put ourselves in a dicey situation with all the fouls,” Sacred Heart coach Jon Carroll said. “Our lack of execution in the fourth quarter hurt us.”

Nate Tabor led the Hearts with 20 points. Jamaal Waters and Omar Rowe each scored 13.

Down 59-53 with 6:20 remaining, Trumbull outscored the Hearts 15-1 over the next five-plus minutes.

The Eagles, 26-for-33 from the foul line, connected on 18 consecutive free throws after missing their first.

“Our defense was outstanding,” Bray said after Sacred Heart managed only 26 points after taking a 43-36 lead into the half. “We only had four turnovers and that was one of the keys for us. Our kids kept their composure and worked hard on the glass.”

Williams finished with 12 rebounds. Evan Gutowski had six boards and blocked three shots.

Quentar Taylor had six assists.

The Hearts broke on top 7-1 with Nate Tabor doing the damage.

A pair of hoops by Gutowski brought Trumbull back level. The game was tied four times the rest of the period, with Williams scoring eight consecutive points at one stretch for the Eagles.

The Hearts’ Waters had six points, including a pair of dunks. Williams had 11 points in the stanza as Trumbull led 25-24 after one. Mileeq Green had seven.

Chris Brown steps back to shoot a jump shot.
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Waters scored 10 points in the second period and Rowe banged home a late three-pointer to give the Hearts a 43-36 lead at the half. Brown scored seven points in the frame for Trumbull.

Brown had eight, Williams seven, but it was Green and Taylor running the show in the third period that saw Trumbull get within 56-53 at the end of the stanza. The Hearts flirted with an eight-point advantage three times but never could get past six.

Brown had eight points to lead Trumbull back from a 47-41 third-quarter deficit.

Tabor’s put-back bucket beat the horn and gave the Hearts a 56-53 lead with one quarter to play.

Brown’s steal and layup in traffic tied the game for the seventh at 59-all with 3:20 remaining.

Williams’ run-out hoop after a blocked shot by Brown was the game’s seventh and last lead change.

Sacred Heart’s only loss came on Dec. 29 by an 82-73 count to Our Saviour Lutheran (N.Y.)

TRUMBULL 73, SACRED HEART 66 (at Pomperaug)

TRUMBULL (19-3)
Timmond Williams 7 14-15 31, Evan Gutowski 3 1-2 7, Mileeq Green, 3 3-6 10, Chris Brown 7 6-6 21, Quentar Taylor 1 2-4 4.

Totals:  21 26-33 73 

SACRED HEART (20-2)
Jamaal Waters 6 0-3 13, Lorenzo Washington 3 3-4 9, Connor Tierney 4 0-0 9, Omar Rowe 4 2-2 13, Nate Tabor 7 4-6 20, Caleb Sampson 1 0-0 2.

Totals: 25 9-15 66

TRUMBULL          25 11 17 2073
SACRED HEART   24 19 13 10—66

3-pointers: SH – Tabor (2), Rowe (3), Tierney (1); TRUM– Green (1), Brown (1), Williams (3)