Boys basketball: Trumbull Eagles recognized for success

Buddy Bray was FCIAC Coach of the Year and Jack Moore the FCIAC’s Player of the Year. — Bill Bloxsom photos
Buddy Bray was FCIAC Coach of the Year and Jack Moore the FCIAC’s Player of the Year. — Bill Bloxsom photos

Trumbull High boys basketball coach Buddy Bray was selected FCIAC Coach of the Year by his peers, and the Eagles’ Jack Moore was FCIAC Player of the Year.

“We had a successful regular season 17-3 record,  final four of FCIAC and beat South Windsor  in the state LL  tournament,” said Bray, who was also FCIAC Coach of the Year in 1996.

“The season had many highlights, beating top ranked teams Danbury and Stamford and beating eventual FCIAC champs Westhill. We played with the top teams in the league  had a hard working  team that really enjoyed competing and winning together.

“The tri-captains and seniors provided solid leadership and underclassman did an outstanding job of accepting their roles and providing depth in our rotations  It was an exciting season because the Black Hole (student section) and cheerleaders provided energy for every home game and we undefeated at the Eagles nest in FCIAC play.

Trumbull head boys basketball coach Buddy Bray, Johnny McElroy, Ben McCullough, Jack Moore and assistant coach Matt Landin were key to the Eagles posting a 19-5 record.
Trumbull head boys basketball coach Buddy Bray, Johnny McElroy, Ben McCullough, Jack Moore and assistant coach Matt Landin were key to the Eagles posting a 19-5 record.

“The players and coaching staff enjoyed playing in front of big crowds at Alumni Hall before two thousand fans and in the FCIAC playoffs and state games.

“With returning starters J.J.Pfohl and Johnny McElroy, and with successful JV and freshman teams under coach Matt Landin (16-2 record) and Eric August (12-3 record) we should be very competitive again next season.”

Moore, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, scored 20 points a game to go with four assists and two steals. He made 90 percent of his free-throw attempts. An honor student with a 3.7 GPA, Moore is considering Trinity College, Salve Regina and Roger Williams. He played in the Coaches Class LL-L All-Star game.

Ben McCullough, a 6-foot-4 center, was named second-team All-FCIAC. The senior, who is considering Eastern Connecticut State University and Thomas College (Mass.), averaged 12 points and nine rebounds per game while making 51 percent of his shots from the floor.

McElroy was named to the All-FCIAC defensive team. The 6-foot-3 junior guard was named FCIAC honorable mention, along with 6-foot-5 senior forward Chris Lyons and Pfohl.

Pfohl, a 6-foot-1 guard, will play in the FCIAC vs SWC All-Star Game at the Shehan Center in April.

Timmond Williams, a 6-foot-2 freshman guard, was selected as one of the FCIAC West Division players to watch.