Boys basketball: Trumbull defeats Ludlowe in seesaw battle
Trumbull’s Timmond Williams was great when he needed to be, and his teammates played well throughout the Eagles’ 77-64 victory over host Fairfield Ludlowe on Monday night.
Williams scored 20 points in the first half, each basket more telling than the next, as the FCIAC rivals went at it for 32 minutes.
“Timmond caught on fire in that first half,” Trumbull coach Buddy Bray said. Then we had balanced scoring from everyone. I’m happy with the way we played. This was a good team win.”
Trumbull, ranked eighth in the NH Register/GameTimeCT boys basketball poll, improved to 9-1 and 6-0 in the FCIAC. Ludlowe is 3-6 overall and 2-4 in conference.
Williams finished with 24 points and six rebounds.
Chris Brown scored 17 points with eight rebounds, three assists and foul blocked shots.
Evan Gutowski scored 15 points and Mileeq Green had 13.
Ludlowe coach John Dailey said, “Hats off to them...If they shoot like that they are tough to beat. Timmond had twenty in that first half. We had the lead in that first quarter then he went off.”
Williams hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 13. He nailed a basket off the dribble from the corner, then hit a step-back jumper for a 17-13 lead after one period. He scored 12 points in the second quarter, when he made a trio of three-pointers.
Trumbull’s balance on offense saw Gutowski convert three buckets in the first and two more in the second.
Quentar Taylor had three of his seven assists in the first half.
Jack Therriault came off the bench and assisted on three consecutive hoops, as the Eagles took a 39-30 lead into the locker room.
Bray was impressed, not surprised with the poise showed by the Falcons.
“They would not go away,” he said. We got it to fifteen (54-39) on a Chris Brown three-pointer, then it was ten and then eight before they got it down to six. Ludlowe is well coached and that is a credit to John.”
Ludlowe scored on 4-of-5 possessions to end the third period to take the score to 54-48.
Rowan Keeser hit a jumper from the key, Patrick Kilbride buried a three-pointer off an assist from Christian Peterson, and then Chris Carlucci followed a steal on one end with an assist on Peterson’s bucket at the other.
“We’re deep and we played eleven tonight,” Dailey said. “We brought in fresh legs. This team is hungry and will get after it.”
James Bourque led Ludlowe with 14 points. Keeser and Kilbride had 12 points each.
Trumbull regained its double-digit advantage early in the final session.
After Gutowski blocked Ludlowe’s first shot, Taylor tallied on a scoop drive to the basket.
A steal by Green led to a breakaway bucket by the sophomore, who made back-to-back threes to help stake the Eagles to the big lead in the third quarter.
Ludlowe’s Patrick Leverty drained threes on consecutive trips down the court to keep his team within nine.
Trumbull turned defensive rebounding in the final two minutes into three breakaway baskets.
“Q [Quentar] was so unselfish,” Bray said. “He found the right people in the right spot. Overall, we spread the ball well on the break. Evan had some beautiful finishes and had ten rebounds. Mileeq made two three-pointers that we really needed.”
Trumbull is home to New Canaan on Thursday at 7.
Ludlowe will visit Harding High.
Mileeq Green 5 1-3 13 Chris Brown 8 0-1 17 Isaiah Johnson 0 0-0-0 J.P. Fromageot 1 0-0 2 Jack Therriault 1 0-0 2 Timmond Williams 9 2-3 24 Evan Gutowski 7 1-1 15 Quentar Taylor 2 0-0 4
Totals 33 4-8 77
20 11-22 55
James Bourque 6 1-3 13 Patrick Kilbride 4 2-2 12 Christian Peterson 1 0-0 2 Jeff Meyers 0 2-2 2 Jadyn Tabois 4 0-0 9 Rowan Keeser 6 0-0 12 Sam Sweeney 1 0-0 2 Jake Northrup 0 0-0 0 Patrick Leverty 3 0-0 8 Michael Lynch 1 0-0 3 Chris Carlucci 0 1-2 1
Totals 26 6-9 64
Trumbull 17 22 15 23 77
Ludlowe 13 17 18 16 64
3 Pointers: Trum Williams 4, Green 2, Brown; Ludlowe Kilbride 2, Leverty 2, Tabois 1, Lynch 1