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Trinity vs. SCCS: The rivalry

Two local basketball teams are one of area's most heated matchups

Posted: February 8, 2014 9:57 p.m.
Updated: February 8, 2014 9:57 p.m.

Trinity Classical Academy's Ian Caddow, right, takes a shot against Santa Clarita Christian's Phillip Webb on Friday at SCCS. Photo courtesy of Wally Caddow.

Quietly, one of the best rivalries in Santa Clarita Valley sports has been building up for years.

On Friday night, the rivalry came to a head in a small gym in Canyon Country, where Trinity Classical Academy boys basketball defeated Santa Clarita Christian 50-47 in a physical, dramatic affair at SCCS.

“Absolutely,” said Trinity Knights head coach John Brooks on the idea that the rivalry has gained steam in recent years. “This year it’s definitely the most competitive it’s been.”

This is just the fourth varsity season for Trinity basketball, and yet these two small private school teams have already faced off 11 times.

SCCS leads the series 6-5.

“It’s been fun every time, every game. I think because it’s local teams, two private schools and we ended up playing four times this year,” said SCCS head coach James Mosley.

It also adds fuel to the fire now that these two teams play in the same league, the Heritage League, as of last season.

Through somewhat of coincidence, Trinity and SCCS faced off four times this season, including two non-league matchups during tournaments earlier in the season.

The SCCS Cardinals won the first three and were in position to all-but seal a league championship with a win on Friday.

Trinity came into the game at second place in league and left in a first-place tie with the Cardinals at 3-1 in Heritage play.

The Knights won the game on a Josh Mumper 3-pointer at the buzzer.

“(Mumper) put the exclamation point on an unbelievable hard-fought defensive game for us,” Brooks said.

Said Mosley: “We’re going to remember that one.”

It was Trinity’s first win in the series since last season when it beat the Cardinals three times on the way to an appearance in the CIF-Southern Section Division VI championship game.

“As we came back, we definitely wanted to play a lot better than them this year,” Mosley said. “I think that’s kind of what escalated it is because it’s been competitive.”

Trinity can say it won this round. But with two talented, competitive and established programs like these, the two Heritage League foes look like they’ll go back-and-forth for years to come.


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