DANBURY — Due to a first-round bye followed by three days of weather-related delays, the Danbury boys basketball team had not been on the floor in over a week since winning the FCIAC championship.
To say they were hyped up to get back in a real game, was an understatement.
Trinity had been off the court even longer and both teams took a quarter to shake off the rust and settle into the game before staging one of the better played games between FCIAC teams this season in the second round of the CIAC Division I tournament.
No. 7 Danbury opened up a 16-point lead in the fourth, which eventually shrunk to just three before the Hatters closed the show, defeating the No. 10 Crusaders 77-69.
Danbury moves on to face No. 2 Notre Dame-Fairfield in the quarterfinals Tuesday night.
“It is an amazing feeling. We have been working so hard and now we are moving on,” Danbury forward Jordon Brown said. “We were itching to play every practice, just itching and itching to play. We all have our individual roles to play. We are a very talented team on offense when we spread it around.”
Brown led Danbury with 22 points but Javon Hernandez (16), Denali Burton (13) and Keyon Moore (14) all scored in double-digits for the Hatters as they moved the ball fluidly on offense all game.
Dimitry Moise (15 points) fouled out with Trinity down 11 with under three minutes to play but rather than become demoralized, the Crusaders rallied.
Trinity was able to whittle the lead down to 69-66 but could get no closer as Danbury knocked down foul shots in the final minute.
“I am very proud of how they came back and the effort they made to come back, especially with (Moise) on the bench,” Trinity coach Mike Walsh said. “Stephon (McGill) especially and Contavio (Dutreil) both played great down the stretch. We fell behind but we did what we had to do to come back and I think we had them worried. I can’t be prouder of our seven seniors and what they accomplished in their years at Trinity.”
Dutreil paced Trinity with 23 points with McGill putting in 16 and Rash Constant adding 11.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jordon Brown, Danbury. Before fouling out, Brown put the Hatters on his back scoring-wise in the second half, scoring nine in the third quarter as Danbury increased its lead.
“They are a great team, well coached and we knew they were going to make a run. The game got a little emotional but we survived,” Danbury coach Casey Bock said. “They had a couple layups that rimmed out and if they make those, this is an even game. The formula is defend and rebound and play together on the offensive end and we bought into that.”
DANBURY 77, TRINITY CATHOLIC 69
Stephon McGill 6 3-4 16; Jack Soucy 0 0-0 0; Rash Constant 3 3-4 11; Dimitry Moise 6 2-4 15; Contavio Dutreil 8 6-8 23; Rasheen Fisher 1 0-1 2; Akim Joseph 1 0-0 2; Xavier Ruillano 0 0-0 0; Jasyn Andrews 0 0-0 0; Matt Hennessey 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 14-19 69
Javon Hernandez 4 6-6 16; Diante Vines 1 3-4 5; Cam Snow 1 4-4 7; Jordon Brown 8 5-6 22; Denali Burton 6 1-2 13; Keyon Moore 5 2-3 14. Totals: 25 21-25 77
TRINITY 10 19 14 26—69
DANBURY 9 24 16 28—77
3-pointers: TC—Moise, Dutreil, Constant 2, McGill; D—Hernandez 2, Brown, Moore 2. Fouled out: TC—Moise, McGill; D–Brown