The Trumbull High boys basketball team defeated Brookfield, 63-42, on Monday to improve to 5-5 at the season\u2019s midway point. Without a senior starter, the Eagles need three more wins to qualify for states. \u201cWe\u2019re trying to keep it positive,\u201d said Trumbull coach Buddy Bray. \u201cWe lost a couple really tough ones, three games by two points, and one that they forced the game into overtime and hit a long three at the buzzer. So those four games could\u2019ve went our way too. \u201cAt the end of the day we\u2019re 5-5. In the second half, some very good teams coming up starting with Harding (last night). We knew what was ahead of us. Some of those close losses early in the year are going to hurt you a little bit in our league. You got to win on nights you\u2019re supposed to win.\u201d Rashard Rodriguez led the Eagles with 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, while Eddie McElroy added 13 points on three 3-pointers. Matt Turner scored 12 points and had eight rebounds and nine assists. Billy Brown added nine points for Trumbull. Thomas Walker and Muhammad Sahki each had 10 points for Brookfield. Trumbull went on a 13-0 run in the first quarter, starting with a Rodriguez layup and 3-pointer, then McElroy hit a three and followed that with a steal, finished with a layup. Rodriguez completed the run with a layup, before Tommy Burkhart hit a Brookfield layup and Chris Lyons laid one in for Trumbull to make it 20-8 Eagles after one quarter. In the second period, Brookfield fought back, outscoring Trumbull 15-4 behind eight points from Sakhi. Turner hit two free throws and Brown a jumper to make it a 24-23 game at halftime. \u201cWe were getting good shots, we just hit a little cold spell there,\u201d Bray said. \u201cThey got a couple solid players and they started making shots. Once we started turning them over and getting some easy ones then the game started to open up.\u201d Sakhi scored the first points of the third quarter, giving Brookfield its first lead of the game. Rodriguez answered with a jump shot and was fouled, making it a three-point play. Walker responded with a jumper to tie the game at 27 and Mustafa Sakhi made one of two at the line for a 28-27 lead. It was short-lived, as Brown\u2019s drive gave Trumbull the lead, and another layup to make it 31-28. Turner then hit a jumper, starting a 15-6 Trumbull run to close the third quarter. Rodriguez followed Turner with a layup and then a three, to which Brown hit a three. Rodriguez made a layup and nailed a three himself to give Trumbull a 46-34 lead heading into the fourth. Trumbull and Brookfield were exchanging free throws early in fourth, when the Eagles then put together a 12-0 run starting with a McElroy three. Frank Puglia hit a layup and was fouled, making it a three-point play. McElroy followed with a drive to the hoop and Lyons made a hook shot. Alex Recker\u2019s layup gave Trumbull a comfortable 60-39 advantage, ultimately winning 63-42 after Eddie Giovannini\u2019s 3-pointer in the final seconds. \u201cWe feel confident,\u201d Bray said. \u201cWe\u2019re working hard. They\u2019re a fun group to coach. I think at times there\u2019s some really good moments out there, we\u2019ve just got to sustain it. We\u2019re young and when they do gel and move the basketball, we could be a pretty good team.\u201d Trumbull will host St. Joseph on Friday night at 7.