Boys basketball: Trumbull opener couldn't have been better
The Trumbull High boys basketball team couldn’t wait to get on the court on Tuesday night.
After having their presumed season opener with Darien this past Saturday go by the wayside, coach Buddy Bray’s Eagles got off to a fine start against Bullard-Havens Tech. They never let up and posted an 85-29 home victory over the Tigers.
Trumbull broke on top 7-0 and led 22-6 after one quarter. It was 41-18 at the half and 59-25 after three periods.
“It was nice to get off to a good start,” said Bray, who doesn’t have a senior on his roster after going 20-4 a year ago. “They are learning their roles. We’ll need good production from everyone every night.”
Cross that contingency off of Tuesday’s list.
Cape Holden made four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points.
Timmond Williams and Chris Brown each scored 11 points.
Evan Gutowski scored nine points, Isaiah Johnson seven and Quentar Taylor six.
J.P. Fromageot and Jack Therriault divided 10 markers.
Andrew Cutter and Kyle Atherton scored four points each.
Mileeq Green and Josh Cappello had three points each. Dylan Palinkas had a free throw.
Williams is the lone returning starter from last season.
“We’re all happy to be out there and competing,” said the 6-foot-3 forward, who scored nine of his points in the opening quarter. “I’m speaking up a little bit more this year. But it’s the same mentality and that is to win. It’s about sharing the ball, playing together and playing defense.”
Add rebounding into the mix, as Gutowski grabbed 12 boards. Williams, Palinkas and Fromageot took down six each.
Taylor had six assists and Brown four.
Elijah White had 11 points, Malik Lominy eight and Tyrese Wright seven to lead coach John Johnson’s Tigers.
Williams, Brown, Taylor, Gutowski and Holden started the game.
Therriault, Fromageot, Atherton, Green and Brown started the second period. Trumbull continued to share the ball, as 5-of-7 field goals came off assists.
Brown went around a Therriault screen to get the 19-point frame started.
Johnson assisted on a Therriault trey and a step-through by Fromageot took him to the rim.
The pure-shooting Holden then scored from downtown off a Taylor helper.
The starters returned for the third period, when Gutowski’s five points led seven Eagles who scored.
The Eagles were 5-for-5 from the floor to begin the final period and four of the hoops came off assists.
Cappello, Cutter, James O’Brien, Palinkas and Atherton were standouts for the Eagles, who will visit Ridgefield on Friday night.
Trumbull shot 34-for-60 from the field, including 10-for-18 from three-point range.
Bray said, “We have be unselfish, make the extra pass and find the hot shooter.”
Trumbull checked all three team objectives versus the Tigers.