Officially, there was no assist given on Timmond Williams’ incredible, buzzer-beating, off-balance three-pointer off the backboard that gave Trumbull a thrilling 50-49 boys basketball victory over Ridgefield on Thursday night.
Unofficially, however, Williams felt there should have been.
“When I let it go and the ball was in the air it wasn’t looking good,” said Williams, who led the Eagles with 19 points. “But while it was in the air I asked God to please let it hit off the backboard, and it did.”
Williams’ bank-shot from about 23-feet out kept Trumbull undefeated (6-0, 3-0 FCIAC) and also gave the senior forward 1,000 career points.
“Timmond struggled all night; he just couldn’t find any rhythm,” Trumbull coach Buddy Bray said. “All shooters have nights like this. But he is a talented kid and came off a screen and just banked it in.”
The shot ruined what was a outstanding fourth quarter effort by Ridgefield (4-2, 2-1). The Tigers, who trailed 34-30 entering the final eight minutes, went on a 12-2 run behind the shooting of James St. Pierre, who made three treys in the opening two minutes of the period to give Ridgefield a 42-36 lead. St. Pierre led Ridgefield with 25 points: 17 in the second half and 12 in the final quarter.
“We knew we had to get the ball to James,” McClellan said.
It felt like the game was going to come down to St. Pierre vs. Williams, and for all but the final shot it looked like St. Pierre had won. But Williams shook off a bad shooting night (six for 23) to get the last laugh.
“[St. Pierre] took over in the fourth quarter for sure,” Williams said. “But we got the last shot.”
The Tigers led 49-45 with 27 seconds remaining but couldn’t put Trumbull away.
The Tigers missed the front end of one-and-ones twice in those final 27 seconds. Still, when Trumbull got the ball trailing 49-47 with 14 seconds remaining, Ridgefield had three fouls to give.
The Tigers took those three fouls, leaving Trumbull with the ball and 4.7 seconds on the clock. Williams took the inbounds pass from near center court and — with everyone inside the gym knowing he was going to take the final shot — somehow got the ball off while being double-teamed.
You know who took over from there.
Notes: Quentar Taylor added 14 points for Trumbull while Chris Brown and Mileeq Green each had eight rebounds.
Luke McGarrity and Chris Knachel each scored seven points for Ridgefield. Knachel added a game-high 10 rebounds. Derek Szpakowski contributed six points, while Nick Hall had two points and Matt DeLuca and Ryan Garson each scored one point.
Trumbull led 13-12 at the end of the first quarter and 25-19 at halftime.