Strong Start to Trumbull Boys Basketball Season

Gregory Kaufmann ’19
EE Contributor

Members of the boys basketball team pictured (from left) Assistant Coach Matthew Landin, Chris Brown, Quentar Taylor, John Fromageot, Timmond Williams, and Head Coach Buddy Bray;

As winter approaches and temperatures drop, the long awaited basketball season returns and the courts start to heat up. After a heartbreaking FCIAC championship loss, the Trumbull High School Eagles are back in black and gold.

After great success – but falling short of their ultimate goal – the team is primed for another great run, and optimistic as well as determined to win that fabled Championship they were so close to last year.

Captain Chris Brown stated “our expectations for this year are to finish first and win a championship.”

Head Coach Buddy Bray similarly advocates, “we have high goals for this year and are returning 7 seniors. We want to play together, stay healthy, play at a high level every night, and make a deep run in the FCIAC playoffs.”

The goals and aspirations for the Eagles are clear, and since their season ended on a sour note last year, they are determined to change the narrative of Trumbull basketball. As Chris Brown explains, the team has been working hard all off-season, playing in fall and summer leagues such as PHD and DTX along with preseason conditioning and lifting to improve their game for the upcoming season.

However, the Boys’ Basketball Team’s path to another championship appearance won’t be an easy one. The always challenging FCIAC won’t be getting any weaker, and if anything, the league will be improving alongside the Eagles. Bray stated, “we have a target on our back because we may have surprised some teams last year. This year, we aren’t going to be a surprise and teams want to get us back.”

The league is filled with great competition. According to Bray, “other teams to watch out for in the FCIAC are the defending champion Danbury Hatters, a strong Trinity Catholic team, Stamford and Ridgefield, but you have to come ready to play on any night in the FCIAC.”

Although a challenging task at hand this group seems poised to determined to bring a championship back to Trumbull. An experienced gang of battle-tested seniors sought revenge, savagely dominating in a strong start to their season on Saturday, December 15th, against Amity.

On Wednesday, December 19th, the Eagles were victorious in an intense matchup against Stamford’s Westhill High School. Despite Stamford having the upper hand in a 39-38 lead during halftime, Trumbull nevertheless persevered, with senior Timmond Williams contributing an incredible 39 points and 11 rebounds.

The combination of strong leadership, varsity experience, and a deep senior-oriented team with years of chemistry, gives this Trumbull High School basketball team confidence for the season and the mind set that “the only team that will beat us is ourselves,” as Brown said. With a solid 2-0 record so far, Trumbull is determined to get back out onto the court and have a successful season.

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