Ancrum leads Central past St. Joseph in FCIAC semis

Tyler Ancrum scored 28 points, powering the fourth-seeded Bridgeport Central boys basketball team to a 70-67 victory over top-seeded St. Joseph in the FCIAC quarterfinals at Fairfield Warde on Tuesday night.

The junior point guard, who scored 15 points in the first half, knocked down some key free throws down the stretch to help the Hilltoppers (18-4) hold off the Cadets.

Central will face second-seeded Trinity Catholic (21-1) in the FCIAC finals on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Warde.

Ancrum made one out of two from the line with 15.3 seconds left, staking Central to a 68-64 edge, before Jon Dzurenda drained a 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds left to make it a one-point game.

Hilltoppers' reserve Orhan Cenunjanin was fouled on the ensuing inbounds' play, and the junior center made both free throws to provide the final margin.

St. Joseph (20-2) had a chance to tie, but freshman Rich Kelly's heave from inside halfcourt was off target. With the loss, the Cadets' 14-game winning streak came to an end.

Quincy McKnight paced St. Joseph with 22 points, before fouling out with 2:53 left to play. Dzurenda chipped in with 16 points and Jake Pelletier 12.

ShaQuan Bretoux added 19 points for the Hilltoppers, while Antoin Pettway had 10.

For the full game story, check out this week's Trumbull Times.