December 29th, 2011

Trinity Advances To Republic Bank Finals

Staff Report

Trinity Advances To Republic Bank Finals
photo by Chris Jung

Shamrocks defeat Bardstown 78-55 behind Hicks' 15 points

(LEXINGTON, Ky.) - No. 1 Trinity advanced to its third Republic Bank Holiday Classic championship game with a 78-55 win over Bardstown as the Shamrocks remained unbeaten in the state of Kentucky on the season. 

Trinity will face Lexington Catholic in the championship game on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 at 7pm at Lexington Catholic’s Bueter Gymnasium in Lexington. 

Junior guard Darryl Hicks had a team high 15 points while senior forward Nathan Dieudonne and senior guard Charles Foster each added 13 for the Shamrocks.  For the second straight night, Trinity held an opponent to under 17 percent shooting in the first half. The Shamrocks held the Tigers to just 4-of-24 (16.7 percent) in the first half with suffocating defense.

Trinity had held Lakota West to 4-of-26 (15.4 percent) in the first half on Wednesday night.  The game marked the first meeting between Trinity and Bardstown since the 1991-1992 season.  Trinity improved to 3-1 all-time in the semifinals of the tournament with the win. 

Trinity is looking for its sixth tournament title since the start of the 2004-2005 season among the state’s top three in-season tournaments, the King of the Bluegrass, Republic Bank Holiday Classic and Louisville Invitational Tournament. No other team has more than three. 

Trinity and Lexington Catholic will meet in the finals for the second time in three years. Trinity posted a 60-58 win in overtime of the 2009 championship game, the first meeting between the teams since the 1993-1994 season. 

Trinity will play in the finals for the third time, winning in 2004 and 2009. Trinity also hopes to become the first team other than host Lexington Catholic to win the event three times. Trinity, Scott County and Mason County each own two tournament titles in their program’s histories. It will be Lexington Catholic’s 12th appearance in the finals of the tournament they have hosted for 16 years.

The Knights are 5-6 in the championship game all-time and have reached the finals of their own tournament in each of the last six years. 

Trinity coach Mike Szabo and Lexington Catholic coach Brandon Salsman each have the opportunity to tie former Lexington Catholic Danny Haney’s three tournament championship game wins. Both Szabo and Salsman own two titles.  


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