WESTPORT -- Trinity Catholic boys basketball head coach Mike Walsh has always reminded junior guard Tremaine Frasier to play under control and to take the shots when given an open look.

More often than not, those shots have fallen for Frasier, who has joined seniors Schadrac Casimir and Brandon Wheeler to form perhaps the FCIAC's most lethal scoring trio for the undefeated Crusaders.

On Friday against Staples, Frasier spotted an opportunity to produce, and didn't hesitate. Spurred on by his five 3-pointers and game-high 27 points, Trinity rolled to a 73-44 win at Staples to remain perfect on the year at 7-0.

"He's a very talented kid and he's learning the game," Walsh said of the 5-foot-10 Frasier. "He learns quickly. We sometimes have to harness (his aggressiveness), but there's a point where you want him to do what he does."

"Coach always tells me to play under control, and if I've got my shot, `Take it. Just don't force any stupid shots,' " Frasier said. "I felt a little confident today."

As usual, Frasier wasn't alone on offense. Wheeler dropped in 23 points -- to go along with 15 rebounds -- and Casimir scored 20 points, including 14 in the second half.

"Obviously on the scouting report, those are their three best players. We wanted to stop all three," said Staples head coach Colin Devine, whose team fell to 3-3. "We did a great job on Casimir in the first half, Frasier got hot."

Casimir, who came in averaging close to 30 points a game after putting up 50 earlier this year, did most of the distributing at point guard. He had five assists.

"Most teams, they're going to focus on (Casimir) because he scored a 50-point game. ... That opens up a lot for me and Brandon," Frasier said.

Leading by just five points at halftime, Trinity caught fire from the floor and outscored Staples 41-19 in the second half. The Crusaders led by as many as 31 in the final minutes.

"Playing one of the top teams in the league, you've got to put two full halves together," Devine said. "We only put a half together. We didn't do anything right in the second half. Offensively, defensively, we let them dictate both ends of the floor."

Senior guard Peter Rankowitz scored 15 points in the first half for Staples, but had just seven over the final two quarters. His backcourt mate, James Frusciante, scored 12 points.

The Wreckers struggled to exploit Trinity's zone defense and repeatedly turned over the ball, enabling Trinity to attack the basket in transition.

"I thought we shut down the pass to the middle against the zone, and they missed shots," Walsh said. "We were able to get the rebound, get out and go. That helped."

The Crusaders, who led 51-33 after three quarters, opened the fourth on a 12-5 run to build their largest lead to that point.

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Schadrac Casimir 7 6-6 20 Tremaine Frasier 11 0-0 27 Brandon Wheeler 10 3-8 23 Sean Brown 0 0-0 0 Gregory Hajjar 1 0-0 3 Neno Merritt 0 0-0 0 Tyler Williams 0 0-0 0 Patrick Kenneally 0 0-0 0 Michael Szemenyei 0 0-0 0 Dan O'Leary 0 0-0 0 Justice Page 0 0-0 0 Lucas Salem 0 0-0 0 Tyrell St. John 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 9-14 73.


Alex Addessi 2 0-0 4 Nicolaas Esposito 1 0-2 2 James Frusciante 4 4-5 12 Joe Greenwald 0 0-0 0 David Katz 0 0-0 0 Jacob Melnick 0 0-0 0 Andrew Felman 0 0-0 0 Peter Rankowitz 9 1-2 22 Nick Ward 0 0-0 0 Ross Whelan 1 0-0 3 Darryle Wiggins 0 1-2 1 Todd Goldstein 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 6-11 44.

TRINITY CATHOLIC 14 18 19 22--73

STAPLES 14 13 6 11--44

3-pointers: TC--Frasier 5, Hajjar. S--Rankowitz 3, Whelan.