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Trinity basketball beats Pacifica

Posted: January 30, 2014 9:03 p.m.
Updated: January 30, 2014 9:03 p.m.

Trinity's Spencer Klehn, left, shoots in a game against Pacifica Christian on Thursday at Newhall Church of the Nazarene.

It’s one thing to play teams in higher playoff divisions, it’s another to beat them.

Trinity Classical Academy boys basketball continues to prove it can play with some of the bigger schools.

The Trinity Knights made its latest victim the Pacifica Christian Seawolves of Santa Monica in a 71-55 non-league win on Thursday at Newhall Church of the Nazarene.

It was the Knights’ second win this season over Pacifica, which competes in CIF-Southern Section Division VAA, two notches higher than Trinity’s Division VI.

Trinity (9-7) remains the No. 1 ranked team in Division VI, while the Seawolves (7-10) are 16th in their division.

This is the type of game that Trinity head coach John Brooks says prepares his team well for its coming stretch of Heritage League games.

“We’re playing in a league that is all a division higher than us,” Brooks said. “It is what it is.”

On Thursday, it was the Ryan Brooks and Spencer Klehn show for Trinity.

Brooks made 6-of-8 shots from three-point land on his way to scoring a game-high 29 points.

“He was open so he shot,” John Brooks said of Ryan’s hot-shooting night.

He had 14 points in the first quarter, after which the Knights led 24-18.

Klehn scored 14 points and added 11 rebounds in a game where “he was just a monster on the boards,” John Brooks said.

Trinity never trailed after the opening frame, and it maintained a 34-28 edge at halftime. The defense did the job the rest of the way.

Ian Caddow added another 12 points for the Knights, who also beat Pacifica 54-37 on Jan. 18.

“We were just moving the ball around well,” John Brooks said.

Seawolves guard Luke Nusiein led his team with 26 points and Beker Baerwald added 19 points, but the Knights were mostly able to shut the taller Pacifica team down.

Trinity plays Hesperia Christian on Saturday before heading into its final stretch of the season that includes four league games.

None will be more important than Trinity’s matchup with league-leading Santa Clarita Christian, which beat Trinity three times already this season.

“If we don’t have any missteps, Feb. 7 playing our final game with SCCS will be at least our regular season,” John Brooks said. “That will basically decide the league championship.”


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