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Trinity tips off league play the right way

After running a gauntlet in preleague part of season, Knights blow out Heritage League foe

Posted: January 23, 2014 9:55 p.m.
Updated: January 23, 2014 9:55 p.m.

Trinity's Ian Caddow attempts a shot over a Faith Baptist defender on Thursday at Newhall Church of the Nazarene. Caddow scored 13 points in the game.

The Trinity Classical Academy Knights boys basketball team’s tough preleague schedule paid off in its opening game of Heritage League play.

Behind Ryan Brooks’ 18-point performance and Spencer Klehn’s 17 points, the Knights cruised to 64-41 victory over the Faith Baptist Contenders of Canoga Park on Thursday at the Newhall Church of the Nazarene.

“It’s really good to start off with an effort like that in the first game of league,” said Trinity head coach John Brooks. “That’s what I asked the boys to do, and they went out and did it.”

The Knights (8-6 Overall, 1-0 Heritage League) looked well prepared for the start of Heritage play, a result of their a difficult preleague slate.

To gain valuable experience, Trinity played Valencia, Canyon, and Golden Valley of the Foothill League earlier this season.

“I feel blessed that the Foothill League teams allowed us to put us on their schedule,” John Brooks said. “I think it just made our team stronger. We were looking to prepare more during December, so hopefully our league and playoffs (play) will be a lot stronger.”

Against Faith Baptist (8-7, 0-2), Trinity came out of the gates hot as it led 21-14 lead after the first quarter.

However, the Contenders responded to start the second quarter.

Highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers by Jonathan Castro, Faith Baptist used an 11-4 run to tie the score at 25.

But from there, the Knights turned it up a notch.

Trinity went on a 17-0 run to end the period, which prompted a 42-25 lead at halftime.

“They went on a short, little run,” Ryan Brooks said. “Our coach told us we had to get a run of our own, so we just listened and went out there with energy.”

In the third quarter, the Knights kept their foot on the gas, as it rattled off a 22-5 scoring run to widen the gap.
Klehn scored eight points on the scoring outburst.

Trinity led 64-34 after three quarters.

Ian Caddow added 13 points for the Knights, while Michael Mateo chipped in with seven.

“It’s very important for us (to have balance on offense),” Klehn said. “When we go and play teams, they can’t just focus on one or two players. They have to be able to guard every single person, so that will open up lanes and open up our offense.”

The Knights will look to carry over the momentum into today’s game against its crosstown and league rival Santa Clarita Christian School.

SCCS defeated Trinity twice earlier this season by scores of 68-42 and 58-53.

“I just want to see the effort and the energy,” Klehn said. “But also I want to see us play smart, and not try to rush or hurry through our offense in any point of the game.”


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