STAMFORD—In the offseason, Trumbull coach Buddy Bray had to decide what style his team would play.
The Eagles are traditionally a half-court grind-it-out type of team but with his entire team back from last season and two of the best players in the FCIAC in Timmond Williams and Chris Brown surrounded by high-quality players around them, Bray was convinced to let the Eagles fly.
Fly they did Wednesday night, pulling away from host Stamford in the second half en route to an 84-70 win.
“I had to come to terms with this over the summer. We have enough talent to be in the lead and push the basketball. The kids want to play that way, so, we made a lot of changes in our practice schedule. Everything is a lot faster, now and we are playing quicker,” Bray said. “Once we got the lead, we went to a couple of different sets on offense and kids stopped settling and got to the rim more. Timmond (Williams) just had a special night. He is a talented player and when he gets it going, he’s really good.”
Williams finished with a game-high 39 points while Brown added 24 for the Eagles (2-0).
Stamford (1-1) hung with Trumbull through most of three quarters, taking a 55-54 lead with 2:08 left in the third quarter.
From there, the Eagles switched to a 3-2 zone creating problems for the Knights, limiting their dribble penetration and hindering their 3-point shooting.
Trumbull built a 10-point lead up by the end of the third and cruised to victory from there.
Josh Thervil scored 20 points for Stamford with Jay Jaudon putting in 13.
“Credit to (Trumbull) they are obviously very good,” Stamford coach Zach Smith said. “They have experience and I thought that was the difference in the game. Our lack of experience hurt us. We knew they would go on runs and we need to be mentally tough to stay with what we are doing. We did that in the first half but in the second half, our bad shots on offense lead to bad defense and it kind of got away from us in the second half.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Timmond Williams, Trumbull. Williams came out of the gate on fire and never cooled off, scoring inside, outside, in transition and in the half court.
“We can play with any type of team but we like playing fast paced, and going out and showing what we can do,” Williams said. “We moved to a zone and made them move a little bit and forced bad shots. As long as everyone was in their correct spots, we knew the defense would work. As a team, this is a game we would like to be in to make a big statement and that’s what we did.”
TRUMBULL 84, STAMFORD 70
TRUMBULL 19 19 29 17—84
STAMFORD 17 23 17 13—70
Mileeq Green 3 0-0 6; Quentar Taylor 0 1-2 1; Evan Gutowski 4 0-0 8; Timmond Williams 13 10-14 39; Chris Brown 10 4-4 24; Jack Therriault 2 2-2 6; Dylan Palinkas 0 0-0 0; JP Fromogeot 0 0-0 0; Isaiah Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 32 17-22 84
Tyheim Burgess 4 0-0 10; Manny Azolin 4 1-1 9; Josh Thervil 6 5-5 20; Jay Jaudon 5 2-2 13; Jaden Bell 2 0-0 6; Jalen Lindsay 1 1-2 3; Danny Simms 4 1-7 9; Damani Taylor 0 0-0 0. Totals: 26 10-17 70
3-point field goals: T—Williams 3; S—Burgess 2, Thervil 3, Bell 2, Jaudon
Fouled out: None