The Trumbull High boys basketball team waltzed past Kaynor Tech of Waterbury, 68-35, in the opening round of the Merrit Insurance Classic at Needham Gymnasium in Stratford on Tuesday night.

Jack Moore poured in 17 points, all in the first half, to lead a balanced effort for the Eagles (2-1). Eight players cracked the scoresheet for Trumbull, with Chris Lyons adding 11, Ben McCullough 10 and Eddie Giovaninni eight. Joe Nemchek and David Caisse notched seven markers apiece.

Alex Witkowski netted a game-high 27 points for Kaynor Tech, which dropped to 0-3.

Trumbull led wire-to-wire, opening the game on an 8-0 run. All eight points came courtesy of Moore, as the senior canned a layup off the tip and back-to-back 3-pointers.

The Panthers had problems handling Trumbull’s pressure defense, with the Eagles pushing their advantage to 16-3.

Witkowski had a putback and a layup to end the quarter, but Trumbull held a 22-7 lead heading into the second frame.

The Eagles then embarked on a 13-2 burst, capped by Nemchek’s driving layup to make it 35-9 Trumbull.

A bank shot from Witkowski snapped a nearly five-minute scoreless streak for Kaynor Tech, but Trumbull held onto a 39-13 halftime lead.

Coming out of the break, Witkowski scored two straight baskets to spark an 8-1 Panther flurry to narrow the gap to 40-21.

Lyons countered a layup to get Trumbull back on track and from there, the Eagles cruised to the victory.