WESTPORT — There was only one thing Contavio Dutreil didn’t do for Trinity Catholic in Friday night’s 58-49 win over Staples.
Drive the bus.
The senior dominated Staples defense in the paint, finishing with a game-high 25 points and 13 rebounds to power the Crusaders.
“Let’s face it,” Trinity coach Mike Walsh said. “Without him, we’re in trouble. He makes everyone else a little bit better, but he’s tough to stop down there.”
Despite trying to slow down Dutreil for much of the game, the Wreckers were able to play well throughout — holding a four-point lead heading into the half.
But after managing only seven points in the third quarter, Staples lost control over the tightly contested game.
“We did a great job executing,” Staples coach Colin Devine said. “I thought our defense was really tough. We hung in there, but came up a little short at the end.”
A major reason for the Wreckers keeping it close was freshman point guard Luke Murphy, who shot lights out from behind the arc and finished with 14 points.
Senior Max Sussman also proved a big spark to the Staples offense, scoring 17 points — including five 3-pointers.
But the gritty effort was no match for the dominance of Dutreil down low as the Crusaders big man helped to push the defending Class S champions over the edge.
“I think we did a really good job on offense,” Dutreil said. “We moved the ball. We shared the ball. We spaced the floor. That’s how we’re successful in the game.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
No other choice but the man in the middle for the Crusaders. Dutreil finished with a game-high 25 points and 13 rebounds. While also recording two blocks and one assist.
MUCH OF THE SAME
Staples last defeated Trinity Catholic during the 2014-15 season, and the Crusaders have moved to 3-0 against the Wreckers during that span with a win on Friday night.
“If we keep focused and give it every single thing we’ve got like we talk in practice, we try to make each other better on the court and we’ve come out with a lot better result.” Trinity Catholic senior Contavio Dutreil on the Crusaders refocusing after a pair of early season losses.
TRINITY CATHOLIC 58, STAPLES 49
TRINITY CATHOLIC8 17 18 15—58
STAPLES (1-1)7 22 7 13—49
TRINITY CATHOLIC (2-2)
Contavio Dutreil 10 5-8 25 Rasheed Constant 2 2-4 6 Dimitry Moise 2 3-4 7 Cameron Blake 2 1-3 5 Stephon McGill 6 1-2 14 Jack Soucy 0 0-0 0 Nick Lombardi 0 1-2 1 Jaysn Andews 0 0-0 0 . Totals: 22 12-21 58.
Luke Murphy 5 0-0 14 Ben Pearl 0 0-0 0 A.J. Konstanty 4 1-4 9 Max Sussman 5 2-3 17 Tristan Hochman 2 2-4 6 Stedman van Arsdale 0 1-2 1 Dylan Ward 0 0-1 0 Lefty Pendarakis 0 0-0 0 Evan Vishno 1 0-0 2 Sam Maged . Totals: 18 6-15 49.
3-pointers: TC—McGill; S—Sussman 5, Murphy 4.
Highlights: TC— Stephon McGill finished with 14 points, four assists, and three rebounds. S—A.J. Konstanty had nine points. Ben Pearl finished with four assists and two rebounds.