Fairfield Ludlowe coach Brian Silvestro was hopeful a post-FCIAC Tournament hangover was going to be his best chance to upset Trinity Catholic in the opening round of the CIAC Class L playoffs.

Crusaders coach Mike Walsh, whose team has been completely unpredictable, had been bracing for a letdown for three days.

As it turned out, Silvestro did not get what he hoped for while Walsh, much to his delight, did not get what he expected.

Playing with a sense of urgency and purpose that has wavered the past three months, Trinity used a 12-0 run to close out the first half and start the third quarter, breaking open a close game and rolling to an easy 69-43 home win on Monday night.

"We were sluggish the last two days of practice and we were sluggish warming up, but we hit our shots early and started to really play well in the second quarter, both on offense and defense," Walsh said.

Jason Boswell finished with a game-high 20 points for the 7th-seeded Crusaders (18-6), who will see another conference opponent, No. 23 Wilton, in the second round.

"Everyone said before the game to play with energy and make sure we were over the Bassick loss," said Boswell, referring to last Thursday's defeat to the Lions in the FCIAC title game. "Collectively we played terribly in the game and I felt from an individual standpoint I played worse than anyone. We can't look past anyone. We have to play hard and take it one game at a time."

Kevin Leumene added 14 points, Tremain Fraiser 12 points and Schadrac Casimir 8 points for the Crusaders.

Trinity jumped out to an early 11-2 lead, but the defense got lazy and by the end of the quarter the 26th-seeded Falcons were within 15-13.

The Crusaders altered defenses, putting Boswell at the top of an active zone, and the Falcons made just a pair of 3-point shots in the second quarter and were down -- and out -- at the break, 35-19.

"I saw them play four times last week and they can be a tale of two halves," Silvestro said. "We saw how explosive they can be in the second half against Ridgefield. To Mike's credit, they didn't look past us. We had some success in the first quarter and they made adjustments."

Justin Berardino scored 12 points to lead Ludlowe, which finished the season 9-12.

"Am I disappointed, yes, but am I in any way faulting the effort, no," Silvestro said. "Unless we can slow down some of these teams it is hard to compete."

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