February 9th, 2020

Big fourth quarter leads Male past Trinity

Dalton Pence 

Staff Writer 

Big fourth quarter leads Male past Trinity
Big fourth quarter leads Male past Trinity/ photo by Dalton Pence

Male's boys' basketball team flew out of the gates in the fourth quarter to erase a deficit and increase a lead of their own due to a key 13-0 run. The Bulldogs trailed by six through three quarters, but came out on top 62-53 on Saturday evening at Trinity High School.


Senior guard Tyren Moore nailed a deep three-pointer and followed up on the next play with an assist to prompt a quick timeout from Mike Szabo early in the last period. A couple baskets from Howard Fleming and Kaleb Glenn pushed Male up by seven before Cam McClain scored the first points in the quarter for Trinity with 2:36 remaining in the game. However, Fleming converted an old-fashioned and-one on the very next play and the Bulldogs never looked back.


"Male is really talented", Trinity head coach Mike Szabo explained. "They took it to another level and we weren't ready. They have talent at every position along with size, length, and strength. We had a few opportunities to bounce right back and maybe tie it up, but we just had a few empty possessions and some missed free throws."


The first three quarters were filled with a game of runs for both squads. McClain and Ethan Hodge both had personal scoring runs that kept Trinity within striking distance. Zach Stahlman's pair of baskets pushed the Rocks' lead to five to cap off a 8-0, but the Bulldogs answered and never looked back. 


"I'm proud of our guys", Szabo said. "I thought our effort for most of the night was really good. I thought we executed in many areas; it kept us in the game and we were able to grab the lead going into the fourth quarter. We just didn't have enough. Overall, I'm really proud of our team in that we showed ourselves that we can play with anyone and there's a lot of room for improvement. I think we're all just excited to get back and working on our deficiencies."


Hodge led Trinity with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Stahlman and McClain added 14 and eight points, respectively. The Rocks fall to 14-11 and will look to bounce back on Tuesday against Waggener at home.


"When you look at this basketball team, it's fundamentals", Szabo explained when asked about key focal points moving forward. "It's every area of the game. It's on and off-ball defense, contesting, blocking out, offense execution, and footwork. It's a little bit of everything and we know that. We really can't pinpoint any one thing as the thing that has held us back so we have to keep fighting and improving in all areas. I just want this (season) to go as long as we can because this another fun group of guys to be around. They just show up every day and work hard; they're really coachable and treat each other well. I would love for them to be rewarded for being that kind of team so I hope that good things happen towards the end for them."


Kaleb Glenn posted a 20 point, 11 rebound double-double for Male, while Moore also had 20 and Fleming scored 12. The Bulldogs (21-4) return to action on Tuesday when they host DeSales.


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