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SCCS and Trinity hoops in second round of state tourney

Posted: March 14, 2014 10:06 p.m.
Updated: March 14, 2014 10:06 p.m.
Trinity’s Josh Mumper (0) shoots a 3-pointer on Wednesday at The Master’s College in the Knights’ win against Capistrano Valley. Trinity’s Josh Mumper (0) shoots a 3-pointer on Wednesday at The Master’s College in the Knights’ win against Capistrano Valley.
<p>Trinity’s Josh Mumper (0) shoots a 3-pointer on Wednesday at The Master’s College in the Knights’ win against Capistrano Valley.</p>

The Trinity Classical Academy and Santa Clarita Christian boys basketball teams have their work cut out for them tonight in CIF State Division V Boys Basketball Tournament games.

The CIF-Southern Section Division VI champion Trinity Knights play No. 1 seeded Renaissance Academy at Bellarmine Jefferson High School in Burbank at 7 p.m.

Renaissance is the same team that blew out the SCCS Cardinals 58-32 on March 7 in the CIF-Southern Section Division VA championship game.

SCCS gets Division V champion and No. 3 seed View Park of Los Angeles at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Academy in Inglewood.

Both Trinity and SCCS have something in common against their opponents — they’re coming off first-round state tournament wins.

The Knights beat Capistrano Valley Christian 65-51 on Wednesday and the Cardinals thumped Kern Valley 65-38.
Renaissance and View Park had first-round byes.

Whether that’s an advantage or not is to be found out today.

Trinity (20-8) knows Renaissance (21-7) has firepower.

The Knights got to watch the Wildcats on March 7 at Godinez High because their game followed immediately afterward.

“I think that Renaissance Academy is not seeded No. 1 in the playoffs for no reason,” said Trinity head coach John Brooks. “They’re big in the frontcourt — 6-6, 6-6, 6-7. ... For us to compete and challenge them will take an effort we’ve been putting forth pretty much the last four games.”

It wasn’t so much size that Renaissance relied on in its win against SCCS, but tenacity.

The Wildcats attacked the Cardinals’ ballhandlers and used the quickness of point guard Marquise Mosley to disrupt the Cardinals’ offense and to kickstart the defense.

Brooks is hoping junior point guard Ryan Brooks’ 6-foot-4-inch frame will help Trinity from getting trapped in the backcourt.

In order to win, John Brooks said his Knights will have to “play disciplined basketball.”

That means don’t turn the ball over.

The Cardinals are hoping to play the same brand of basketball.

SCCS (21-6) has been breaking new ground with every step this year, already with a school-record 21 wins this season.

Tonight’s second-round game is another first for the program.

After playing in, and winning, their first CIF State Tournament game on Wednesday, the Cardinals are continuing to dive into these uncharted waters headfirst.

“We’re feeling good going in,” said SCCS head coach James Mosley. “We got a little bit of our swagger back after Wednesday’s win. They have a great team but we feel like we can do some things.”

The View Park Knights (22-5) will pose a new challenge for SCCS with their size. 6-foot-11-inch junior Chance Comanche along with the 6-foot-8-inch duo of Jason Carter and Cameron Jones will be tough matchups for the Cardinals.

But Mosley thinks his team can handle it.

“We just have to give ourselves a chance,” he said. “We were a little jittery in the (CIF-SS Division VA) championship game, but we’re past that now. After that game we said that if a team does beat us, it’ll be because they outperform us. We have a great opportunity and we’re hoping to take it.”



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