Trumbull Boys Basketball Brings Home the Holiday Tournament Trophy

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

Senior Captains, Ray Vicente and Connor Johnston, receiving the Stratford Holiday Tournament trophy.

While the majority of Trumbull High’s community was enjoying their winter break, sports were still on the go; specifically the Trumbull Boys Basketball Team. 

In the middle of Trumbull’s week off, the basketball team traveled to Stratford High School to face the Red Devils. Originally, Trumbull was scheduled to play Joel Barlow first, then move onto the second round of the tournament. Unfortunately, circumstances changed when Joel Barlow had to postpone the game due to Covid-19 related issues. As a result of this, the Eagles advanced straight to the championship game to play the Stratford Red Devils after they defeated the Morgan Huskies in the first round.

With the Eagles going into this game having a 2-1 record and the Red Devils previously undefeated with a 3-0 record, this matchup was predicted to be close. 

As expected, this game was definitely a nail biter but it ended in Trumbull’s favor. On the night of December 29, the Eagles defeated the Red Devils 59-56. This year, the Eagles are young and pretty inexperienced on varsity courts. They also lack some height elements which makes their defensive game extremely significant in order to win games. But, this team showed their abilities in a close knit game and how their team efforts can bring them all the way.

This was the kind of game where everyone in the gym was on the edge of their seats. Trumbull’s durability and steady defense is what kept them in the game. Although there was high amounts of tension, the Eagles pulled through. Since this was a tournament, an award ceremony followed the buzzer. Trumbull received a tournament champion trophy along with plaques awarded to some players. Senior captain Connor Johnston was named MVP; he scored 22 points and recorded 12 rebounds. In addition, senior captain Ray Vicente was named to All Tournament Team; he scored 13 points for the Eagles. Some other high scorers in the game were sophomore Brandon Fowler with 10 points and sophomore Brian Elmo with 10 points. Another key player was junior Sean Racette who scored 3 points, with 7 assists and 5 rebounds.

“It felt really good to be able to win the Christmas Tournament after not being able to play in it last year. Being able to lead the team to that championship is a great way to send us to FCIAC play,” said Johnston.

The Eagles have started their season off with a strong 3-1 record. With the current spread of Covid-19 and a more consistent FCIAC schedule following the New Year, the team will face some challenges but only hope to keep winning.

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