Trumbull comes back to defeat Ludlowe in boys basketball

Brendon Fowler scored on a short jumper and Trumbull survived a last second shot by Ludlowe to win a 51-50 decision in FCIAC boys’ basketball on Saturday.

Fowler and Luca Antonio trapped to force a turnover before Fowler’s basket at the 21-second mark completed Trumbull’s comeback from a 14-point deficit at the half.

“The last minute we forced turnovers,” Trumbull coach Buddy Bray said. “We were in man pressure and Ben Miller stole the ball and made a layup with 21 seconds to go. They called timeout. We had gone with man pressure three straight times. Matt Landin my assistant suggested we go zone pressure to give a different look.

“We get a great trap from Luca and Brandon, who hustled over on the pass back and got a piece of the ball. It went straight up in the air. Brandon got it and made a tough shot with a hand in his face from the baseline for the go-ahead points. Then we played good defense with 13 seconds to go. Their kid got a great look at it from eight feet out and front rimmed it. It was a good win for us.”

Both teams are 5-4.

Led by Cooper Dailey (16 points) and Charlie Began (15 points), coach John Dailey’s Falcons team took a 16-14 lead after one period. They went on a 21-9 run in the second to extend their advantage to 37-23.

“We went in at halftime and you could hear a pin drop,” Bray said. “I told them that I had seen a lot of leads in this gym evaporate very quickly. I told them to put the first half behind them. It wasn’t a lack of effort on their part. We had to credit Ludlowe.

Bray added: “I told them to stick to the game plan and play our best basketball in the next four minutes. We like to split the game and concentrate on segments. We needed to play better defense. Ludlowe is very good, but they went cold.”

Trumbull switched up its matchups on defense. It began to make shots. The Eagles limited Ludlowe to single digit scoring in the third and fourth periods. It was 44-38 when Trumbull closed the game on a 13-6 run.

Miller finished with 14 points and Antonio had 13.

Bray said: “They got off to a red-hot start, we had seen that when they played Norwalk, and didn’t miss a shot. We had the crowd back; the Black Hole student section was back. There was a lot of energy and that helped us. The fans were energetic and that certainly helped the comeback.

“It was a nice group effort from eight kids. It’s a good win for a young group,” Bray added. “It’s a tough week coming up with two playoff type teams. We are at Greenwich and then Norwalk home on Thursday. This is FCIAC basketball. Each game I see improvement, longer stretches of good basketball.”

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Trumbull 51, Ludlowe 50

Ludlowe

Matt Vivona 3 1-2 9

Colin Reilley 0 0-0 0

Charlie Began 7 1-2 15

Tate Mahoney 1 1-2 4

Michael Loya 1 0-0 2

Stephen Keating 2 0-0 4

Cooper Dailey 4 6-7 16

Alex Fleweger 0 0-0 0

Totals 18 9-13 50

3 Pointers: Dailey 2, Vivona 2, Mahoney 1

Trumbull

Ben Miller 6 2-3 14

Sean Racette 1 4-6 7

Brandon Folwer 3 0-0 8

Kieran O'Sullivan 0 0-0 0

Luca Antonio 5 3-4 13

Brian Elmo 0 0-0 0

Will Zaslow 4 0-1 8

Totals 19 9-14 51

3 Pointers: Fowler 2, Racette 1, Antonio 1