Boys basketball: Trumbull defeats Staples, 58-45

Trumbull High broke on top early and weathered a barrage of long range shots by visiting Staples of Westport to post a 58-45 victory over the Wreckers on Tuesday night.

Trumbull improved to 4-1. Its next game will come against St. Joseph at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday at Fairfield University.

The game will be streamed live by the HAN Network. Live coverage starts at 5:55 when the St. Joseph girls meet the Trumbull girls on live.HAN.Network, TrumbullTimes.com, FCIAC.net and all the HAN Network affiliates.

HAN’s Rob Adams will lead the call.

The event is part of the 9th annual Officials vs Cancer fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society, with $1 from every $6 ticket sold donated to the cause.

In the Staples game, Trumbull’s Jack Moore scored 12 of his 27 points in the first quarter as coach Buddy Bray’s Eagles took a 20-8 lead.
Coach Colin Devine’s Wreckers (2-3) are dangerous from behind the three-point line and on back cuts to the basket.

While the Eagles took away the later, with Joe Nemchek, Ben McCullough and Alex Recker shutting down the baseline, Staples remained in the game behind its shooting trio of Justin Seideman (15 points), Ben Casparius (14 points) and Jared Vishno.

Each hit a 3-pointer in the second period to make it 29-21 at the half.

“We watched them against Darien (a win) and knew they had good shooters,” Bray said. “They are well coached and run that Princeton offense that players aren’t use to defending.”

Trumbull scored three buckets — from Eddie Giovannini, Chris Lyons and J.J. Pfohl — in the final 54 seconds of the third period to offset Casparius, who knocked down two treys and a baseline jumper in the stanza.

The Eagles took a 43-29 lead into the final quarter.

Moore opened the period with a pair of free throws and Pfohl scored on a drive through the lane.

Seideman tallied before Moore drained consecutive 3-pointers to take the score to 53-33 with 4:40 remaining.

The second trey came on the last of ten Eagles passes around the Staples defense, with Johnny McElroy finding an open Moore.

Bray, who substituted liberally throughout, emptied the bench for the final three-plus minutes with Trumbull up by 21 points.

McCullough and Pfohl each scored nine points. Lyons had six and Giovannini four.

“We jumped out early, which is always good,” Bray said. “We knew they would come back. I think our defense did well and our size up front helped us. We shared it the ball, and made the extra pass.”