New Canaan can't keep up with Trumbull in one-sided loss
Updated 10:29 pm, Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Right from the opening tip, the Trumbull boys basketball team had the upper hand on New Canaan. The Eagles stormed out of the starting blocks and never looked back en route to their fourth win in their last five games, upending the Rams 66-27 at New Canaan High School Tuesday night.
In a balanced offensive attack, Trumbull had five players score eight or more points en route to the lopsided victory.
"I think we're starting to get there. Coach always says we're down 10 any time we're going on the road," Trumbull's Sam Turner said. "We've got to keep playing hard the whole game and just be consistent in hitting shots."
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Trumbull wasted little time building up a sizeable advantage, as it took an 8-0 lead on a layup by Mike Yerina and a pair of 3-pointers by Travis Fonseca and Trey Bray. The Eagles closed out the opening frame with another of their 10 treys, this one courtesy of Ryan McCabe for a 17-6 lead. By halftime, Trumbull had extended its lead to 34-12.
"We just weren't physical enough, turned the ball over and didn't really catch the ball when it was thrown to us. Just dumb plays, really," New Canaan's Connor Kilbane said. "We have to know what to do with the ball and not get nervous. It's all about being confident."
The second half was more of the same as Trumbull continued its sharp shooting and gave up very little on defense.
Although he watched his team pick up a 39-point win, Trumbull coach Buddy Bray believes his team needs to continue to get better, given the difficult nature of playing in the FCIAC.
"We came out with a hot start and kind of dictated how we wanted to play," Trumbull coach Buddy Bray said. "We still need to rebound the basketball better. Defensively, we have our stretches where we just have too many lapses, so we've got to work on that part of it."
For Trumbull, Yerina led the way by notching a game-high 16 points, and Fonseca also reached double digits by contributing another 10. Turner, Keith Lanham and McCabe all added eight points.
New Canaan's top scorer was Nick Depuy, who dropped nine. Kilbane and Andrew Read chipped in with seven points apiece.
Despite his team's difficult start to the season, New Canaan first-year coach Mike Halley maintains his belief that the Rams will contend for a spot in the State Tournament.
"We're not physical enough right now. The one thing I'm learning about this league is that the refs let you play, and I don't think we're taking advantage of it," Halley said. "We're averaging too many turnovers, and you're not going to beat anybody turning the ball over like that. I think we're going to be alright. I see eight wins on the schedule, and I see us playing much better and competing."
New Canaan's next chance to get back on the winning track comes in the form of an away game against Brien McMahon tonight at 7 p.m.
Trumbull will attempt to pick up its third consecutive victory when it travels to Stamford on Tuesday at 7 p.m.