Staples rallies past Trumbull

Better late than never, Staples High turned on the jets in the second half Thursday and routed Trumbull 67-41.

The Eagles led by as many as eight points in the first quarter and carried a 27-25 advantage into halftime.

The Wreckers found ways to exploit the Eagles’ defense in the second half, outscoring them 42-14. Guard James Frusciante led the Wreckers with 22 points, while forward Ross Whelan added 18. Peter Rankowitz, the team’s leading scorer on the season, had 12 points.

“We’ve played a lot of zone this year. We just really started trying to work with the younger kids on some (man-to-man defense) principles. You could see the breakdowns,” Trumbull coach Buddy Bray said. “They just don’t know how to handle some of that cutting.

“But credit them (Staples). They ran their stuff, they screened well, they passed the ball and made shots.”

***Bray was complimentary of Staples’ threats on offense. The Wreckers, who came into the night in seventh place in the FCIAC, won for the eighth time in the last 10 games to improve to 11-7 (10-6).

“They’ve got three very good players,” Bray said of Staples. “They’re going to make some noise in the playoffs. They stay together and run their stuff, they’re going to be fine.”

***To say Trumbull’s had a difficult time this year transitioning from the graduation of nine players might be an understatement. The Eagles fell to 2-16 (1-15) on the year and have lost 18 straight dating back to a 48-47 win over Darien on Jan. 4.