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Prep basketball: Trinity drops inaugural game

Knights lose in opening round of SCCS tourney

Posted: December 2, 2010 10:18 p.m.
Updated: December 3, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Trinity Classical Academy’s Jordan Mumper (23) goes to the basket on Thursday as AGBU’s Remy Philipossian defends at Santa Clarita Christian School in Canyon Country.

Sometimes, a brand new program has to go through growing pains.

Unfortunately for Trinity Classical Academy, those pains came in the form of a 59-24 loss to Armenian General Benevolent Union of Canoga Park on Thursday at Santa Clarita Christian School.

It was Trinity's first-ever game as a varsity boys basketball program as well as the opening round of the SCCS 2010 Tip-Off Tournament.

"I liked how hard our players worked," said Trinity head coach John Brooks. "The issues we had were just fundamental things, keeping your body in front of their players."

Poor shooting didn't help either. The Knights didn't get on the scoreboard until late in the first quarter when point guard Jordan Mumper knocked down a long jump shot to cut AGBU's lead to 10-2.

In all, the Knights shot 25 percent for the game.

Trinity got transition breakaways off turnovers throughout the contest, but couldn't finish at the basket.

"They're disciplined. I like what they're doing," said AGBU head coach Suren Arzoumanian. "I thought they played pretty well. It's tough when it's your first time out."

After falling behind 32-14 at the end of the first half, the Knights started speeding up their offense and trying to find open looks inside, but the quick, tall Titan players caused havoc in the low post.

"We pressure them all the time," Arzoumanian said. "That's what we do. We play hard-nosed defense."

The pressure led to several missed passes by Trinity players and a few easy fast-break baskets for AGBU.

"They weren't doing anything super amazing," Mumper said of the Titans. "They were just boxing out better. They had some big, tall guys."

Mumper led the team with 13 points.

AGBU forwards Zohrab Keshishian and Greg Torossian proved too much for the smaller Trinity team to handle.

Keshishian led AGBU with 19 points, and Torossian had eight points of his own.

"We showed our weaknesses, and we showed how we were strong," Mumper said. "We just need to box out better. We're inexperienced, and some of the freshmen just need to learn how to play together."

In fact, the entire team may need to learn how to play together, Brooks said.

Out of the 15 players on the Knights' roster, 13 of them played on the football team, so they've had just two weeks to practice for the basketball season.

The first thing they'll have to learn is ball movement.

"They played with a lot of energy, but they didn't move when they didn't have the ball," Brooks said. "We had four guys standing around on offense."

The Knights won't have much time to work on things, as they play at 3:30 p.m. today in the consolation bracket of the SCCS Tournament.



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