January 26th, 2011

Quick Leads Rocks Past Christan Academy

Holly Freeland

Staff Writer

Quick Leads Rocks Past Christan Academy
photo by Holly Freeland

Trinity handles CAL 59-36 for 15th win

Trinity used stifling defense and a quick-paced offense to dismantle Christian Academy tonight at Steinhauser Gymnasium, as the home team won 59-36. 

Things got off to a slow start for Christian Academy as it took over four minutes to get their first points of the game. Meanwhile, Trinity’s Troy Saxton started the game off with a 3-pointer in the first minute and a half of the contest. The first quarter would finish with Trinity leading 14-6.

Much of the first half remained on the subdued sides for both teams. Finishing the half with four fouls for each team and a 25-11 score, Trinity went into the locker room with the lead, controlling every facet of the matchup.

Trinity would start the second half off with a made 3-pointer by James Quick. Taking the 28-11 lead, Quick made another three, his second in a row, at the 6:35 mark in the 3rd, giving Trinity the 33-15 lead.

Although the Shamrocks would have no problem getting on the scoreboard, their biggest problem would lie with their fouling.  Already with more fouls than in the entire first half, Trinity picked up their 6th foul with 3:35 left to play in the third quarter, giving CAL a glimmer of hope as they knocked the lead to twelve.  However, Trinity wasn’t ready to concede, as #22 Nathaniel Dieudonne had a monster slam dunk after an incredible no-look assist by Quick.  Going into the fourth quarter, Trinity was up 38-23.

Senior Chancellor Armstrong started the scoring in the fourth quarter for Trinity by hitting a shot at the 7-minute mark. Again in the fourth, Christian Academy would flirt with the 12-point mark as they cut it to 40-28 at the 6:15 minute mark, but they would never get any closer as the game’s high scorer James Quick would hit two three pointers on back-to-back possessions. Ultimately, the speed and talent of Trinity would prove to be too much for Christian Academy as they fell 59-36.

Quick finished with 17 points for the game, and Armstrong finished with 12 points. Game-leading rebounder Charles Foster grabbed seven rebounds for the Shamrocks in their victory tonight.

“I’m happy with a lot of the things we did tonight," said Trinity Head Coach Mike Szabo after the game. "At this point in the season, we are looking to improve our focus and toughness for the whole 32 minutes. We still have periods we don’t play hard enough, but I really like this team. I really believe these guys are having a good season and can make a great run, starting in the district tournament.”

Trinity next plays on Feb. 1 at 7:30 PM at Seneca High School.


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