Trumbull-Harding boys hoop

Veteran Trumbull High boys basketball coach Buddy Bray recently got his 200th career win at the school and he received recognition for it on Tuesday night.

Bray was on his way to victory number 201 early in his team’s game against Harding of Bridgeport, before the Presidents decided to derail those efforts.

Once their opponents turned up the acceleration, using quickness and foot speed to their advantage, the Eagles were pretty much left behind and fell 70-55 to the Presidents. A total of 33 turnovers didn’t help, either.

“You can’t turn the ball over that many times and expect to win,” said Bray whose team sports a 2-5 record. “When you value your possessions more, you don’t turn the ball over as much. We were in this game for a little over a half and then we ran out of gas.”

That was evident in the third quarter when the Presidents, who snapped a three-game losing streak, outscored the Eagles 22-12.

“It’s never easy coming in here and getting a win,” Harding coach Charles Clemons said. “I respect their program and their coach. We had our problems early on and this game is usually played in spurts.”

Trumbull ran out to a 5-0 lead, as sophomore guard Rashard Rodriquez canned a short jumper and followed that up with a 3-pointer in the game’s first two minutes.

The Eagles extended their lead to 10-5 at 2:58 on a basket by Jake Levison and Matt Turner’s 3-pointer in the closing minute gave them a 17-10 margin after one quarter.

Turner’s basket from in the lane with 4:03 to play in the second quarter put Trumbull ahead, 21-15, before Harding went on a 9-2 tear leading into halftime.

Harding threw a full-court zone press and then converted it to a full-court man-to-man press at the Eagles to catch up and outscore Trumbull, 14-6, in the second period.

Harding opened up a 39-29 lead at 3:48 of the third and led 46-35 at quarter’s end.

Each team had 40 rebounds with Levison leading the way for Trumbull with eight

He and Turner shared scoring honors with 11 points each.

John Watts made the game-winning basket when Trumbull went on the road to defeat Darien High, 48-47, on Friday.

The Eagles were down 16-12 after one period and 25-19 at the half.

Watts finished with 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Levison scored 11 points. Rodriguez made a pair of treys and finished with 10 points.