Trumbull defeats Staples at the buzzer By Jack SHAPiRo

Staples Varsity Basketball recently lost 52-50 on a buzzer beater from Trumbull’s John Pfohl's ’17 baseline jumper. The Eagles improved their record to 8-1 while Staples fell to 3-6.

The score was even throughout the game, with the Wreckers taking a late lead in the fourth quarter. Max Sussman ’18 hit a crucial three to put Staples up 48-45 with minutes left in the game. Although the Wreckers took the lead late in the half, the Trumbull Eagles never looked fazed.

The Eagles’ John Lynch, ’17 battled for an offensive board and scored to make the game 48-47. The next possession, Staples captain Sean Pritchett ’17 made two free throws to put the Wreckers up by three once again. Down three with two minutes left, Pfohl banked in a three at the top of the key to tie the game up.

Staples came up short on their next trip down and Trumbull called a timeout with a minute and 11 seconds remaining in the game.

The Eagles decided to hold the ball for one last shot and a chance to win the game.

“We were going to delay it and wait for the last look at eight seconds,” said Trumbull’s head coach Buddy Bray after the game.

Bray went on to discuss that since the team was in the bonus and the game was such a struggle, that they decided to win it right there.

Staples guard, David Basich ’19 commented on the game, “I thought it was a really hard fought game, and all the seniors and all the other players put in a lot of effort on the defensive end and offensive end.”

Basich also discussed how they played great defense on the final possession and that he thought it was a very lucky shot.

Pfohl finished with 19 point; 12 of those coming in the third quarter. The Eagles turned a 19-17 point deficit, after the first half, into a 39-37 point advantage at the end of the third.

Staples’ captain Justin Seidman ’17 led Staples with 17 points. Pritchett managed to put up 11 himself.

The Wreckers will play at home against a 0-6 Bridgeport Central on 1/17 . Trumbull will go on to play a struggling Fairfield Ludlowe.

The Eagles’ John Lynch, ’17 battled for an offensive board and scored to make the game 48-47. The next possession, Staples captain Sean Pritchett ’17 made two free throws to put the Wreckers up by three once again. Down three with two minutes left, Pfohl banked in a three at the top of the key to tie the game up.

Trumbull had possession of the ball for the final 1:11 of the game

Staples came up short their next trip down and Trumbull called a timeout with a minute and 11 seconds remaining in the game.

The Eagles decided to hold the ball for one last shot and a chance to win the game.

Trumbull head coach Buddy Bray spoke after the game, “We were going to delay it and wait for the last look at eight seconds.”

Bray went on discussing that since the team was in the bonus and the game was such a struggle, that they decided to win it right there.

David Basich ’19 commented on the game, “I thought it was a really hard fought game, and all the seniors and all the other players put in a lot of effort on the defensive end and offensive end.”

Basich continued on discussing that they played great defense on the final possession and that he thought it was a very lucky shot.

Pfohl finished with 19 points with 12 of those coming in the third quarter. The Eagles turned a 19-17 point deficit after the first half, into a 39-37 point advantage at the end of the third.

Staples captain Justin Seideman ’17 led Staples with 17 points. Pritchett also managed to put up 11 himself.

Pritchett (left) going up for a lay up while Seideman (right) goes up for a floater

The Wreckers will play at home against an 0-6 Bridgeport Central on 1/17 . Trumbull will go on to play against a struggling Fairfield Ludlowe.

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