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Trinity Catholic Routs Wilton in State Playoffs

STAMFORD, Conn. – After winning its first two games in the Class L state tournament by an average of 23 points, Trinity Catholic’s boys basketball team will find the competition much tougher the rest of the way.

The seventh-seeded Crusaders (19-6) rolled over Wilton on Wednesday, 71-51. That sets up a game Friday against No. 2 Career Magnet, which advanced with a 53-48 win over No. 18 Wilbur Cross. Trinity defeated Career Magnet in last year’s Class M title game. The rematch Friday at Wilbur Cross (game time to be announced) should be equally compelling.

“They’re going to be up for us,’’ Trinity coach Mike Walsh said. “We’ll have to be up for them. I think we will be.”

The Crusaders had no problem eliminating No. 23 Wilton, which advanced with a win over No. 10 University on Monday. Schadrac Casimir scored 20 points, Jason Boswell added 17 and Brandon Wheeler added 15 as Trinity won its seventh straight state playoff game.

Trinity jumped on top early, taking a 22-7 at the end of the first quarter. Casimir and Wheeler had seven apiece in the first period. “We started out well, and then we got a little lackadaisical after we got the lead,’’ Walsh said. “We’ve been doing that all year. But we played well defensively, especially in the first half. For every bad play we made, we made two good ones.”

Trinity led 35-18 at halftime and built the lead to 24 points at several points in the second half. The Crusaders have played down to the level of some opponents this winter, but Wednesday they took care of business early. Now they get Career in a game that will go a long way toward determining the state champion.

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