Trumbull boys hold off Warde despite Conway’s 44 points
TRUMBULL — Friday night against Trumbull Sean Conway played one of those games that leaves a small crowd hovering around the scorer’s table to find out just how many points he piled up.
Turns out the Fairfield Warde senior finished with a career-high 44.
That, however, wasn’t enough to secure the most-significant stat to Conway — a win — as Trumbull pulled away with a 76-69 victory in a matchup of FCIAC playoff hopefuls.
“Winning is the most-important thing and it always will be,” Conway said. “I just want to do whatever it takes to win and obviously we came up short.”
Conway came in averaging over 30 points per game, so Trumbull certainly knew what to expect.
“I play with him in AAU, so I knew what was coming,” said Eagles’ junior Timmond Williams who finished with 30 points. “We did the best we can on him and got the win.”
For Trumbull (13-3, 9-3 FCIAC) it was an important bounce-back game after losing at Wilton earlier in the week. Trumbull finishes its regular season with Norwalk, Trinity Catholic, Central and Danbury — all four teams would currently qualify for the league playoffs.
“It’s a big win for the kids,” Eagles coach Buddy Bray said. “Everybody knew their role tonight.”
For three quarters there wasn’t much to separate the teams. Trumbull lead by nine midway through the second, but Conway and Matt Becker (15 points) helped the Mustangs (9-7, 8-4) close the gap until Williams drained a half court buzzer beater as time expired making it 41-37 at halftime.
Down 52-50, Trumbull opened the fourth quarter with nine straight points. Williams’ jumper with 5:45 left extended the Eagles’ lead to seven.
“We played together and ran our offense and got whatever we wanted,” Williams said.
From there Conway 6-foot-3 forward did a little bit of everything to keep his team close. The 6-foot-3 forward consistently attacked the rim and finished 17-for-21 from the foul line.
Unlike the first half, Conway was the only option for Warde as the game wound down. He finished with 26 of his team’s 32 points after the break.
“We tried everything,” Bray said. “We even ran some junk defense at him for a minute or two. That kid is outstanding. He’s got my vote for player of the year.”
Chris Brown finished with 12 points for Trumbull and spent much of the night guarding Conway.
A pair of free throws by Becker cut Trumbull’s lead to 65-61 with 3:04 left. On the next two trips down Conway went to the basket but came up empty. After the second miss Cape Holden (20 points) drained a 3-pointer to put the Eagles back up by seven, which proved to be enough.
In the fourth Trumbull also got a pair of key back-to-back basket on drives by sophomore Quentar Taylor.
The loss is Warde’s fifth in its last six. Still, the Mustangs remain in contention for one of the FCIAC’s eight playoff spots.
“Right now we’re in a slump,” Warde coach Ryan Swaller said. “Trumbull’s a good team. The top teams, that’s who we’re losing to. We have to take care of ourselves.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Timmond Williams, Trumbull — The junior quietly piled up 30 points — including a near-halfcourt buzzer beater to end the first half. “I thought he played like an all-league player,” Warde coach Ryan Swaller said.
CAPE ON TARGET
Trumbull shuffled its lineup Friday night, which meant Cape Holden came off the bench. The sophomore responded with 20 points — including 11 in the second quarter. “Cape’s a shooter … we’ve been watching him do that since second grade,” Eagles’ coach Buddy Bray said.
“Obviously I’d accept fewer points any day for a win.” — Fairfield Warde senior Sean Conway on his 44-point effort in a loss.
TRUMBULL 76, WARDE 69
FAIRFIELD WARDE (9-7, 8-4 FCIAC)
Dan Fitzpatrick 0 0-0 0 Jeff Seganos 0 0-0 0 Matt Becker 5 2-4 15 Sean Conway 11 17-21 44 Chris Bogan 1 0-2 2 Nick Crescinoe 0 0-0 0 Malcolm Brune 4 0-0 8 Ethan Wolf 0 0-0 0 Matt Houghton 0 0-0 0 Totals: 21 19-27 69
TRUMBULL (13-3, 9-3)
Chris Brown 4 4-6 12 JP Fromageot 1 0-0 2 Jack Therriault 0 0-0 0 Cape Holden 5 6-7 20 Timmond Williams 11 3-5 30 Evan Gutowski 2 0-0 4 Quentar Taylor 3 2-2 8 Totals: 26 17-21 76
FAIRFIELD WARDE 17 20 15 17—69
TRUMBULL 20 21 9 26—76
3-pointers: FW—Conway 5, Becker 3; T—Holden 4, Williams 3 Fouled out: FW—Becker