Johnson and Trillo’s careers are over but their mark remains for Terryville boys basketball

Terryville's Tyler Trillo (left) hugs teammates Jacob Johnson (right) after he is taken out of the game for the final time. Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen

Terryville’s Tyler Trillo (left) hugs teammates Jacob Johnson (right) after he is taken out of the game for the final time.
Pete Paguaga – Register Citizen

TERRYVILLE >> With under two minutes to go and the game all but over against Bloomfield, Terryville head coach Mark Fowler made the decision to pull his starters, one at time.

Seniors, Zach Graham and Taylor Donofrio left to a big round of applause. Fowler then pulled off Tyler Trillo who left to a standing ovation from the Terryville faithful and then Jacob Johnson who left to the same ovation, with the Terryville fan section ‘The Roos’ Krew’ chanting their names.

The fans weren’t just cheering for Trillo and Johnson for this past season, where the Kangaroos went 22-2 overall, they were honoring them for four years of blood, sweat and at the end tears.

“These guys have so much to be proud of, the school and the community is so proud of them,” Fowler said after his team was eliminated by Bloomfield in the quarterfinals of the Class S State Tournament. “They gave their hearts and souls for four years to this program, all heart.”

In the winter of 2010 Fowler gave both Trillo and Johnson a chance to start as freshmen, thinking that the program would be in a two-year rebuilding stage, the Kangaroos would go 6-14 that year.

“They didn’t want it to be a rebuild and we won 16 games their sophomore year, then 19 and now 22,” Fowler said.

Terryville's Jacob Johnson (21) and Tyler Trillo (3) high five during their win against Coginchaug, earlier this season. Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen

Terryville’s Jacob Johnson (21) and Tyler Trillo (3) high five during their win against Coginchaug, earlier this season.
Pete Paguaga – Register Citizen

This season Trillo and Johnson capped off their careers with a Berkshire League regular season title, 18-0, and the Kangaroos’ first Berkshire League Tournament title since 1995.
“It stinks but we had a good run,” said Johnson surrounded by family and friends after the loss. “Everything good comes to an end, I couldn’t ask for a better coach, or teammates. It was a fun ride; I’m going to miss it.”

“It’s been amazing from coaching staff to everyone involved, my family, mom, dad, sister, it’s been amazing,” said Trillo after the loss as fans from young to old came by congratulating him, including Alex Morrell who gave Trillo his signature “Go Roos” one last time.

Both Trillo and Johnson also leave the program having scored 1,000 points in their career, Trillo on March, 11, 2013 against Old Lyme and Johnson this season on Jan. 14 against Gilbert.

Not only did their high school seasons end but a partnership that started when they were in fourth grade ends, well maybe.

Trillo will be attending Division-III Roger Williams next season and will play basketball he said. Johnson is still deciding on where he will be attending school, but joining Trillo at Roger Williams is not out of the question.

“It’s tough,” Trillo said. “Maybe he’ll play at Roger Williams with me, but wherever he goes he will do great.”

“I’m going to miss playing with him, I couldn’t have asked for a better best friend, teammate, he’s my brother,” Johnson said.

Fowler who has been coaching at Terryville for 15 years and has coached his fair share of players couldn’t be happier with how much the two of them have given to the program.

“They are near the top of the list of guys I’ve coached,” Fowler said. “It’s been a great run and these guys have been at the center of it.”

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  1. Gary Barcher says

    Classy kids…the kind of kids anyone would love to coach…classy coach…class program…much respect from Bloomfield…

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