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Tuesday, April 24 High School Sports

Trinity wins physical matchup with Darien

DARIEN — The Trinity Catholic boys basketball team knew it had a target on its back entering the preseason as one of the FCIAC favorites.

It also knows teams that may not be able to keep up athletically may turn the game more a more physical one to rattle the cages of the Crusaders.

How Trinity handles those physical challenges may be the key to its season.

The results Monday at Darien were a mixed bag.

The Crusaders defeated the Blue Wave 52-42 in a game packed with physical play from the opening whistle.

Along the way, Trinity (4-3, 3-1 FCIAC) picked up a few technical fouls in moments where the rough-and-tumble nature of the game got under their skin while a Darien player was ejected for leaving the bench during one altercation in the fourth quarter.

“Look, (Darien) is doing what they have to do. They are pushing and shoving, but we can’t react to that sort of thing,” Trinity coach Mike Walsh said. “We have to be the ones under control. We have a target on our backs and people are going to come after us and do whatever they have to do to beat us. I give Darien credit for doing, that but we have to learn how to react in that situation. Fortunately, tonight we came through with a win, but you can’t do that if you want to be a good team.”

Dimitry Moise lead Trinity with 17 points with Stephon McGill putting in 16 and Contavio Dutreil adding 14.

Henry Williams paced Darien with 15 points including two 3-pointers as Darien attempted to rally from down by as much as 14 in the fourth quarter.

The Blue Wave (2-3, 0-3) would get within seven points, not getting enough shots to drop in the fourth despite chances.

“Second half we had a lot of opportunities and a lot of open shots, but we just weren’t able to connect with them,” Darien coach Charoy Bentley said. “We had to play physical and we like playing physical. That is something we instill in our guys. With (Moise and Dutreil) there is no way we are going to out-jump them, so, we just have to go out there and fight.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Stephon McGill, Trinity. McGill set the pace early for Trinity, scoring 12 points in the first half while handling the majority of the point guard duties.

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“I just try to stay calm and let the game come to me,” McGill said. “I just have to be patient. My scoring will come but getting my teammates involved is the first priority. In these type of games, we don’t intend to start trouble but based on our history teams like to attack us. I just try to calm them down, we don’t want any trouble from anybody.”

Sericson@stamfordadvocate.com; @EricsonSports

TRINITY CATHOLIC 52, DARIEN 42

TRINITY 15 12 14 11—52

DARIEN 5 9 13 15—42

TRINITY (4-3, 3-1 FCIAC)

Stephon McGill 6 2-4 16; Contavio Dutreil 6 2-5 14; Jack Soucy 0 0-0 0; Rash Constant 1 0-0 2; Dimitry Moise 6 4-6 17; Cam Blake 0 3-6 3; Rashon Fisher 0 0-0 0; Anthony Anderson 0 0-0 0 Jasyn Andrews 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 11-21 52

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DARIEN (2-3, 0-3)

Justin Jordan 2 1-3 5; Henry Williams 4 4-6 15; Jack Tierney 1 1-2 3; Ryan Darby 4 0-0 8; Andrew Darby 1 0-0 2; Will Rolapp 3 0-1 7; Mitchell Pryor 1 0-0 2; Peter Bredahl 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 6-12 42

3-point field goals: TC—Moise, McGill 2; D—Rolapp, Williams 3

Fouled out: D—Andrew Darby, Mitchell Pryor

Ejected: D—Arthur Xanthos

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