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Trinity boys hoops' open and shut case

Prep basketball: Knights earn a blowout victory in playoffs’ first round

Posted: February 19, 2014 10:54 p.m.
Updated: February 19, 2014 10:54 p.m.

Trinity Classical Academy's Ian Caddow (13) shoots over New Covenant Academy defender on Wednesday at College of the Canyons in the first round of the CIF-SS Div. VI playoffs.

 

The New Covenant Academy of Los Angeles Huskies didn’t know much about Trinity Classical Academy before Wednesday Night.

The Huskies didn’t even know they made the playoffs until Monday.

But Trinity’s first-quarter effort probably told them more than enough about the Knights and postseason basketball.

Trinity defeated New Covenant 57-16 on Wednesday in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VI playoffs at College of the Canyons.

“The two (first round) games prior years were kind of like this game, so we were somewhat prepared,” said Trinity head coach John Brooks, of what he expected from a first-round playoff game.

Trinity won its first-round playoff game by 42 points last season en route to a spot in the Division VI championship game and 29 points the year before.

On the other hand, the Huskies (4-9) were surprised to be in the postseason, thinking they hadn’t played enough games to qualify for the playoffs, according to head coach Joseph Koo.

Trinity (14-8) definitively ended the Huskies’ season Wednesday.

The Knights scored the first 20 points of the game and forced 13 Husky turnovers in the first quarter.

Trinity scored mostly on layups.

Its starters didn’t play in the second quarter but the Knights led 38-8 at the break.

Trinity junior Ryan Brooks said after the game he didn’t feel the Knights had played disciplined basketball.

But disciplined or not, the Knights led by 30 at the end of the third before increasing their lead to 39 late in the fourth.

“Absolutely they’ll (get tougher),” said John Brooks of increased competition down the road. “We’ll practice very hard every day, stay disciplined and not do things just because we can.”

Josh Mumper led Trinity with 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting.

Samuel Choi scored eight for the Huskies.

The No. 1-seeded Knights play unseeded Lee Vining High on Friday in the second round.

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