STAMFORD — The offense brings the Walsh Court crowd at Trinity Catholic High School to its feet.
But it is the defense that is the engine for success for the Crusaders boys basketball team.
Trinity Catholic used its athleticism and aggressiveness to defeat St. Joseph 64-47 Tuesday night before a packed partisan crowd.
Trinity guard Brandon Louis keyed the full court pressure defense and was the recipient of a number of runout passes as he led the Crusaders with 18 points.
Rahsen Fisher was part of the dominant Trinity Catholic frontline that ruled the paint against St. Joseph. The 6-foot-5 forward finished with 17 points.
Trinity Catholic’s Abdoul Rassoul Abakan Hachyn displayed a high ceiling as an incoming 6-foot-8 junior forward. He posted a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds before fouling out midway in the fourth quarter.
Trinity Catholic (3-2, 2-0 FCIAC) led 16-8 after one period, 27-19 at halftime and 46-27 after three quarters.
The Crusaders closed both the second quarter (7-0 run) and third period (12-4 surge) to take control.
“Trinity Catholic is tough. They have size across their lineup. And they can shoot the ball,” St. Joseph coach Kevin Wielk said. “They keep coming at you. They always play hard. We missed some layups early and we couldn’t get back into it.”
Jason James paced St. Joseph (2-2, 1-1 FCIAC) with 11 points. The Cadets were 10 of 15 on free throws, but just 1-for-2 in the first half.
With Akim Joseph (6-foot-5), Hachym (6-foot-8) and Fisher (6-foot-5) guarding the rim, Trinity Catholic’s guard rotation can be aggressive hounding opponents.
Brandon Louis, Andrew Saint-Louis, Tahj Morgan, Michael Barrett and Damarian Colas are able to create havoc and numerous fast breaks for the Crusaders.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Brandon Louis, Trinity Catholic guard: The sophomore scored a game-high 18 points including four 3-pointers. He also was a key factor in the Crusaders’ aggressive pressure defense.
“I was proud of our guard play. Brandon Louis was exceptional,” Trinity Catholic coach Brian Kriftcher said. “Opponents know what to expect from our big frontline. But our guards are a surprise. We are a deeper team than we’ve been in a while. Our defense really set the tone. We took St. Joseph out of a lot of their offensive sets.”