The Pfohl family’s reign of terror is almost at an end on the statewide basketball scene. All-State sisters Victoria, Alexa and Amanda have long since graduated. Their younger brother, J.J., is a senior captain on this year’s Trumbull boy’s basketball team.
But there’s a long way to go before J.J., the only male entrant from former two-time Kolbe Cathedral championship coach John Pfohl’s family, will close the book on his high school career.
And as Trumbull’s boys basketball hoped to continue its scorching start to the 2016-17 season, J.J. added another chapter to the family’s basketball lore Friday night in Westport.
In a hotly contested FCIAC game vs. Staples, Trumbull had possession with 1:20 remaining in a tie game and milked the clock all the way down for one last shot.
With 10 seconds remaining, Trumbull guard Daniel Ruchalski put the final play into action. The ball ultimately found its way into Pfohl’s hands twice, the second time on a pass from John McElroy at the top of the key as Ruchalski ran back from the corner to set a screen.
Pfohl beat his man, drove to the baseline and put up his winner with 1 second remaining for the 52-50 victory. Pfohl finished with 19 points.
You can watch how it all went down by the outstanding Staples Sports student broadcasting crew, led by Cooper Boardman on the play by play and Ben Klau on video.
— SHSports (@StaplesSports) January 14, 2017
Trumbull improved to 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the FCIAC, keeping pace in the league race with frontrunners Warde (4-0), Wilton (4-0) and Danbury (4-1). Staples fell to 3-6, 1-4 FCIAC.
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