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Prep basketball: Trinity runs out of firsts

Knights’ first varsity season ends in quarterfinals

Posted: February 23, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 23, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

In its inaugural varsity season, Trinity Classical Academy boys basketball had already exceeded expectations.

That didn’t change the fact that head coach John Brooks was disappointed when his team’s late rally fell short in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division VIA playoffs an suffered a 57-43 defeat at the hands of CIF No. 3-ranked Redlands Adventist Academy on Tuesday at Redlands Adventist High.

“I think we had a very good chance of winning,” Brooks said. “I mean, even when we started coming back, their players panicked, their coach panicked, but we just ran out of clock.”

Trinity’s leading scorer coming in, junior James Brooks, picked up three fouls in the opening five minutes of the game, after which he was taken out for the remainder of the half.

At that point, the Knights led 7-5.

By halftime, they were down 30-15.

Brooks came back in, and the combination of him, fellow junior Jordan Mumper and freshman Spencer Klehn tried to force the issue and mount a comeback.

Mumper scored a team-high 14 points, Klehn had 10 and Brooks ended up with nine, well below his season average of nearly 20 points per game.

With around five minutes left, Trinity (13-10) had pulled within nine points of the Bulldogs (19-7), but time was running out.
Redlands was able to seal it with free throws.

The good news for the senior-less Trinity is that it won’t lose a single player off this year’s roster. Brooks said the team can only get better, especially given how far it came this season.

“They just came out every day and worked very hard,” Brooks said. “Every one of them improved throughout the season. They were everything a coach could hope for.”

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