STAMFORD, Conn. – Trinity Catholic High School’s boys basketball team raced out to a 9-0 lead and cruised past Wilton, 62-47, in the semifinals of the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference on Tuesday night at Fairfield Warde High School.
The second-seeded Crusaders will play for the league championship Thursday against the winner of Tuesday’s late game between No. 1 St. Joseph and No. 4 Bridgeport Central. The Crusaders are seeking their first league title since 2008-09.
Schadrac Casimir scored 21 points to lead Trinity, including 15 in the first half when the Crusaders took control. The sixth-seeded Warriors (14-8) got to within 45-35 in the fourth quarter before the Crusaders pulled away for good.
“We decided to make it interesting,’’ Trinity coach Mike Walsh said. “In the third quarter we were settling for outside shots, and that’s how they got back in it. In the last quarter, we got a lot of shots inside and we were able to pull away.”
Brandon Wheeler added 19 points and nine rebounds for Trinity, whose only loss this season was an 87-85 setback to St. Joseph on Jan. 15. Tremain Frasier added 12.
The Crusaders also had one of their best defensive efforts of the season, holding the Warriors to more than 14 points below their season average. Eric Houska, averaging a team-high 14.3 per game for the Warriors, was held to just two.
“I think our experience helped us a lot,’’ Walsh said. “We’ve got two or three players that have been there before, and that helps. Wilton has a good team and a really good draw in the state tournament. I wish them well.”