Ridgefield deals Trinity Catholic its first loss of the season

RIDGEFIELD — Undefeated Trinity Catholic looked primed to climb back into its road clash with Ridgefield after closing the opening quarter with a hard-earned eight-point run Friday night at the Tigers Lair.

But Ridgefield would have none of it in its 65-50 victory, its fifth in a row.

“We knew they were undefeated,” Ridgefield’s Brenden McNamara said. “We just wanted to get that win. A lot of people have been down on us in the FCIAC and we just wanted to show that we’re here to stay.”

The Tigers immediately answered the bell when the second quarter began, starting with a jumper from Nick Laudati on their opening possession.

Ridgefield’s first-half fireworks were highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from McNamara on back-to-back possessions and two additional treys from Alex Price.

Going into halftime, Ridgefield used a 17-3 run to take a 36-22 advantage, and Trinity would not be able to cut the Tigers’ lead down to single digits the rest of the way.

“We didn’t work the ball and it cost us,” Trinity coach Mike Walsh said. “We have a lot of work ahead of us. I think we thought highly of ourselves and we came in here and Ridgefield played great defense and hit the open man and knocked the shots down.”

Trinity Catholic (4-1) trailed the entire night save for an early 2-0 edge.

“Once we got behind, everybody tried doing it themselves,” Walsh said. “I think we need to learn playing as a team and we’ll be much better. It’s a great learning experience.”

As is typically the blueprint for Ridgefield (5-2), selfless basketball paved the way to a win, as crisp passing routinely set up open looks. Five Tigers (McNamara, Joseph Newborn, Chris Longo, Laudati and Price) scored eight-plus points in the victory.

“When we play with confidence and organization, good things happen,” Ridgefield coach Andrew McClellan said. “We’re going to grind, we’re going to play hard. I was so proud of the way there was attention to detail, they followed the game plan, they followed the scout and we shared the ball. That’s what we do.”

A 10-0 stretch in the fourth quarter gave Ridgefield a 59-39 advantage and put the exclamation mark on the win.

“We knew they were a talented team,” Newborn said. “We just played with such energy and attention to detail. We knew they were going to press us, but we just kept our composure. We kept our poise and played with confidence.”

“It was insane,” McNamara said. “Every time we made a shot there was just noise. Everyone was cheering us on, and it’s a lot easier to play when you have that home energy.”

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RIDGEFIELD 65, TRINITY CATHOLIC 50

TRINITY CATHOLIC (4-1)

Stephon McGill 2 2-3 6; Cameron Blake 1 0-0 3; Contanio Dutreil 6 4-11 16; Pete Galgano 8 0-0 16; Rasheed Constant 1 0-0 2; Dimitry Moise 2 2-3 7. Totals: 20 8-17 50.

RIDGEFIELD (5-2)

Brenden McNamara 7 1-3 17; Zach Esemplare 1 0-0 2; Joseph Newborn 3 5-6 12; Chris Longo 4 6-8 14; Nick Laudati 4 0-0 8; Alex Price 1 0-0 3; James St. Pierre 1 0-0 3; Alex Price 3 0-0 9. Totals: 24 12-17 65.

TRINITY CATHOLIC 13 9 12 16—50

RIDGEFIELD 16 20 9 20—65

3-pointers: TC—Blake, Moie; R—Price 3, McNamara 2, Newborn, St. Pierre.