Basketball: Trumbull defeats Amity in game of survival
If you’ve ever attended a tryout session at the scholastic level than you are familiar with the blood and guts efforts put in by those aspiring to make the team.
When Trumbull High opened its season at Amity High, it was anything goes in Woodbridge before the Eagles won a 53-41 decision on Friday night.
“Credit Amity, it is a very physical team and came ready to play,” Trumbull head coach Buddy Bray said of the Spartans. "It was a very good experience to come out of league on the road and play the Division two runner-up. It was a tough hard-fought game.”
Coach Jeff Nielsen’s Spartans opened up five-point leads on three occasions in the first period, where more bodies hit the floor over eight minutes then shots made it through the basket.
Quentar Taylor put a drive in off the glass for Trumbull’s first hoop at the 4:43 mark.
In the final 2:29, an outlet pass by Chris Brown led to a Timmond Williams dunk, J.P. Fromogeot made a dive to corral a loose ball and he fed Jack Therriault for a bucket and Brown scored on a strong drive to cut the deficit to 10-9 after one.
Trumbull outscored Amity, 19-9, in the second quarter.
The last man standing type of game continued, with both team’s going at it tooth and nail (11 fouls called in first half, six by Trumbull).
Mileeq Green scored seven points in the second stanza and Trumbull took a 26-16 lead,before the offensive fizzled over the final three minutes.
“We didn’t make shots [11 for 27 in the first half],” Bray said. “We had a chance to pull away and we didn’t.”
Trumbull’s 28-19 advantage evaporated in the third quarter.
Four points each by James Van Hise and Tanner Thomas helped the Spartans get within three points on three occasions.
Williams took a pass from Evan Gutowski and buried a deep 3-pointer with 21 seconds remaining, and Trumbull held a 37-33 lead after three quarters.
“Amity kept the game where they needed it,” Bray said. “We didn’t recognize and adjust as quickly as we needed to their 1-3-1 and they got back in the game.”
Therriault nailed a 3-pointer and Gutowski scored on a put back to up Trumbull’s margin to eight.
The Eagles then milked the clock within their offensive sets.
Taylor found space for a drive, and then Williams, Gutowski and Brown each buried a pair of free throws in the final 2:29.
Williams finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals.
Brown had 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
“I thought our transition game was good, but our half-court offense needs work,” Bray said. “We held a very good team to 41 points and that’s good defense. We’ll take this win on the road.”
Trumbull will visit Stamford High next Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a rematch between FCIAC finalists.
Mileeq Green 4 0-2 9
Dylan Palinkas 0 0-0 0
Chris Brown 4 3-3 11
Isaiah Johnson 0 0-0 0
J.P. Fromogeot 0 0-0 0
Jack Therriault 2 0-0 5
Timmand Williams 3 6-8 13
Evan Gutowski 2 2-2 6
Quentar Taylor 4 0-1 9
Totals 19 11-16 53
3 Pointers: Taylor 1, Williams 1, Therriault 1, Green 1
James Van Hise 3 6-7 12
Mike Young 1 0-0 2
Joe Benedetti 2 3-4 7
Cole Wissink 2 0-0 4
Tanner Thomas 7 1-2 15
Totals 15 10-13 41
3 Pointers: None
Trumbull 9 19 9 16 53
Amity 10 9 14 8 41