boys basketball Kolbe edged by Trinity
STAMFORD — Only 632 more to catch his predecessor.
Monday night, Trinity Catholic coach Brian Kriftcher picked up his first career win as a varsity boys coach after defeating Kolbe Cathedral 73-68.
Kriftcher is replacing legendary Trinity coach Mike Walsh who amassed 633 wins in his 39-year coaching career and is now the Trinity assistant coach.
Kriftcher is happy with the one.
“(Walsh) congratulated me on my first and I told him I have a way to go to catch him,” Kriftcher said. “The other day, I didn’t think we gave a perfect effort for a full 32 minutes, but today I thought we gave a perfect effort for 32. We got sharper in the second half. We focused on getting rid of the ball before the double team got to them. We did that, cut hard, filled the lanes and we attacked well.”
The game was part of the Jack Smyth Memorial Tournament at Trinity Catholic.
Both Trinity and Kolbe lost on the first night of the tournament Saturday.
Trinity trailed by one at halftime but out-scored Kolbe 44-38 in the second half, pulling away with turnovers and transition baskets.
Rahsen Fisher was the leading scorer in the game with 20 points while Xavier Riullano scored 13, Akim Joseph added 13, including two thunderous dunks, Anthony Anderson put in 12 and Matt Hennessey finished with 11 for the Crusaders (1-1).
For Kolbe (0-2) Evan Coleman finished with 19 points and Quinton Sneed-Lott put in 18.
Kolbe coach John Pfohl liked some of things he saw from his young team, but felt it could have walked out with a victory.
“I am pleased and disappointed at the same time,” Pfohl said. “I thought we had opportunities to win the game today. We turned it over a little too much in crucial situations and let some things happen that we probably don’t four or five games from now. Any coach who tells you he’s not trying to win is lying. But, there are a whole lot of positives to take out of tonight and down the road, these type of games will help us.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Rahsen Fisher, Trinity. Fisher not only scored 20 points, the 6-foot-5 junior also snagged multiple rebounds and made his presence known on the defensive end.
“We lost on Saturday to a great team (Fairfield Prep) and we had to come out and be aggressive tonight,” Fisher said. “We had to pick up our intensity on defense, especially closing out on shooters. I thought we did very well doing that tonight.”
TRINITY CATHOLIC 73, KOLBE CATHEDRAL 68
KOLBE 12 18 19 19—68
TRINITY 14 15 20 24—73
Taeshaun Sanchez 2 2-3 8; Jaden McLellan 0 1-2 1; Evan Coleman 6 2-2 19; Quinton Sneed-Lott 8 2-3 18; Justin Leigh 2 0-1 4; Daniel Willington 2 3-4 7; Ty Staples Santos 0 0-0 0; Brandon Gadsden 0 0-0 0; Eudell Mason 2 1-1 5; Jalen Sullivan 3 0-0 6. Totals: 25 11-16 68
Akim Joseph 5 2-4 13; Matt Hennessey 3 4-8 11; Andrew Saint-Louis 1 0-0 2; Rahsen Fisher 9 1-2 20; Anthony Anderson 4 1-2 12; Tahj Morgan 1 0-2 2; Brandon Louis 0 0-0 0; Xavier Riullano 4 5-11. Totals: 27 13-29 73
3-point field goals: KC—Coleman 5, Sanchez 2; TC—Joseph, Hennessey, Anderson 3, Fisher
Fouled out: None