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BOYS BASKETBALL Jesuits deliver first win for new coach

December 16, 2018

STAMFORD — It was the best holiday present Mike Papale could have received.

The Fairfield Prep boys basketball team gave their new coach his first victory as the Jesuits topped Trinity Catholic, 68-62, Saturday night on the first evening of the Jack Smyth Memorial Classic at Trinity’s Walsh Court.

“I’m fortunate we have a lot of kids who want to be good and want to get better each day. They have bought in to what the coaching staff wants,” Papale said. “Trinity Catholic didn’t quit. I’m glad the kids could get this win done.”

Although the coaching staff is new, the Fairfield Prep squad has five senior starters who displayed a large amount of cohesion on the opening night of the season.

Trinity Catholic’s only lead came at 2-0.

RING UP THOSE 3-POINTERS

Fairfield Prep, despite a height and speed disadvantage, did a good job running its offense inside-out with good passing.

The result was 12 Jesuit 3-pointers — including 10 in the first half — as Prep led 22-12 after one quarter and 41-27 at halftime.

“We know that we won’t always shoot great on our 3-pointers. And we did cool off in the second half,” Papale said. “The coaching staff has given the kids the green light if they think it’s a good shot. We believe in the kids. And the kids believe they can make the 3-pointers.”

Nick Rothe paced Prep with a game-high 23 points including five 3-pointers in the opening 5:30. Max Manjos had 15 points, 12 in the second half. Jack Scholl finished with 10 including a pair of trifectas.

The Jesuits’ poise showed up after Trinity Catholic closed to 59-54 with 2:41 to go.

Rothe and Manjos combined to sink nine of 10 free throws to keep the Crusaders at bay.

“Our kids did the little things when it counted,” Prep’s Papale said. “This is my first time as a head coach so it’s a learning experience for me, too. I know I don’t have all the answers. But I am all about team. It’s great to get that first win out of the blocks. Now we work to get some more victories.”

POTENTIAL OBVIOUS WITH TRINITY CATHOLIC

Trinity Catholic (0-1) showed an immense amount of athleticism Saturday night. But having graduated their top three scorers from last year, the 2018-19 Crusaders are still introducing themselves to each other.

Trailing 57-40, Trinity Catholic used its presssure defense and offensive rebounding to get to 59-54 with 2:41 left.

But the Crusaders never got the chance to take a deep breath and settle into the contest.

Sophomore center Akim Joseph (10 points) and junior forward Rahsen Fisher (15 points) are tough in the paint. Senior Anthony Anderson (team-high 17 points) is a force on the fast break and on the wing.

Trinity Catholic will improve with time.

“We are young and inexperienced,” said Trinity Catholic’s new head coach Brian Kriftcher. “We saw a lot of good things tonight. But we need to be great at the little things.”

rdepreta@stamfordadvocate.com

FAIRFIELD PREP 68, TRINITY CATHOLIC 62

FAIRFIELD PREP 22 19 14 13—68

TRINITY CATHOLIC 12 15 13 22—62

FAIRFIELD PREP (1-0)

Adam Stone 3 1-2 7 Mason Reale 0 1-2 1 Finn Duran 2 0-0 6 Nick Rothe 7 4-4 23 Jack Scholl 4 0-0 10 Jake McCarthy 0 0-0 0 Aidan Harding 3 0-0 6 Max Manjos 4 4-5 15 Sam Davenport 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 10-13 68.

TRINITY CATHOLIC (0-1)

Akim Joseph 2 6-8 10 Xavier Ruilliano 1 0-0 3 Matt Hennessey 3 2-2 10 Andrew Saint Louis 3 0-0 7 Brendon Louis 0 0-0 0 Rahsen Fisher 5 4-7 15 Anthony Anderson 6 2-6 17 Brian Ceballos 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 14-23 62.

3-Pointers: FP—Duran 2, Rothe 5, Scholl 2, Manjos 3. TC—Ruilliano, Hennessey 2, Fisher, Saint Louis, Anderson 3.

ST. JOSEPH 73, KOLBE CATHEDRAL 64

ST. JOSEPH 19 11 28 15—73

KOLBE CATHEDRAL 15 14 23 12—64

ST. JOSEPH (1-0)

Brendan Kade 2 1-2 7 Dan Tobin 3 0-0 7 Glenn Manigault 1 0-0 2 Hayden Gourley 0 0-0 0 Jared Grindrod 6 2-3 15 Jason James 5 2-8 12 Paul Fabbri 3 1-2 9 Stephen Paolini 7 4-6 19 Tyler Dubose 1 0-0 2 Kyren Jones 0 0-0 0. Totals: 28 10-21 73.

KOLBE CATHEDRAL (0-1)

Ty Santos 1 0-0 2 Evan Coleman 4 0-0 12 Taeshaun Sanchez 6 0-0 15 Justin Leigh 1 0-0 2 Jaden McLellan 5 0-0 12 Quinton Sneed 5 3-10 13 Dan Wellington 0 1-4 1 Brandon Gadsden 0 0-2 0 Eudell Mason 2 2-3 6 Jalen Sullivan 0 1-2 1. Totals: 24 7-21 64.

3-Pointers: StJ—Kade 2, Fabbri 2, Paolini, Grindrod, Tobin. KC—Coleman 4, Sanchez 3, McLellan 2.

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