Boys basketball: Trumbull wins seventh straight
Jack Moore’s night started relatively quietly Tuesday night in the New Canaan High School gym.
The Trumbull senior was scoreless in the first quarter and the Eagles’ boys basketball team trailed the Rams, 15-13.
Three quarters later, Moore had racked up 30 points and Trumbull had its seventh consecutive win, 67-61, to improve to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the FCIAC.
New Canaan (2-7) made it difficult, rallying from a 34-23 halftime deficit to tie the game after three quarters, but the Eagles answered the bell to get the victory.
“Once they started hitting their shots and getting fouled, it slowed the game down a lot,” Moore said. “But we fought through that and focused on our offense and our defense. We were forcing the ball too much, so we needed to slow it down on offense. We had the lead and we wanted to keep it that way.”
Trumbull, which outscored New Canaan 21-8 in the second quarter to gain the lead, had a rough third frame when the Rams caught fire and had a 22-11 edge to tie the score at 45-45.
The Eagles, however, scored the first six points of the fourth quarter, and didn’t relinquish the lead again. The Rams got as close as three points three times, but each time Trumbull answered — first with a three-pointer from Moore, then with a dunk from Chris Lyons, and finally with two free throws from Moore.
“Credit coach (Mike) Evans and New Canaan tonight,” Trumbull head coach Buddy Bray said. “We’ve got to play a little bit smarter and make shots — making free throws, making lay-ups. We just kind of go cold and before you know it, we stop hustling defensively, and New Canaan started making shots. They were going to the basket and making free throws. They were outstanding from the foul line.”
Moore was the big gun for the Eagles, racking up 30 points after going scoreless in the first quarter. He had 13 during the second quarter, and 10 in the fourth on the way to the victory.
“Jack Moore played a good game offensively and kept making some plays for us,” Bray said. “He’s in our system and he’s going to get those looks as long as we keep executing.
“But we need to be balanced. It was great that he was shooting the ball the way he was, but in the same breath, I’d like to see more balance. He knows that, but he was getting the looks and he was knocking them down. He had a fine game offensively.”
John Pfohl added 11, including nine in the fourth quarter, while Lyons had eight and Bennett McCullough and Alex Recker each had six.
The Rams had double-digit scoring from three players: Junior Tyler Sweeney and James Crovatto, and sophomore Jackson Selvala. Sweeney, New Canaan’s leading scorer this year, topped the Rams again with 20 points, while Selvala had 18 and Crovatto had 16.
There’s no rest in the FCIAC and the Eagles will have one of the league’s top contenders up next as they host the Hatters at 7 p.m., Friday.
“We have great potential to win it all,” Moore said. “We have the players, we have all the key components to do so, we’ve just got to work together and, mainly on the defensive end, stay focused. We know we can put up the points, we’ve just got to lock down on defense.”