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Prep basketball: The Knights stand taller

Trinity’s size advantage leads it to league victory

Posted: January 6, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 6, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Trinity’s James Brooks (24) takes a shot as San Fernando Valley Academy’s Emilio Fariaz defends on Thursday at Velocity Sports Performance in Santa Clarita.

Trinity Classical Academy boys basketball team used a combination of size and speed to disrupt the San Fernando Valley Academy of Northridge from the opening tip on Thursday night at Velocity Sports Performance.

Trinity senior James Brooks took advantage of the undersized post players for SFVA and led the Knights with 24 points on 10-of-18 shot attempts as the Knights ran away with a 68-45 victory and handed the Huskies their first loss of the season.

The size of the Knights (7-5, 2-0) quickly forced the Huskies into a one-dimensional team, as SFVA began to settle for quick, outside shots on nearly every possession.

“That made a huge difference,” said SFVA head coach Brian Baroi. “There was a size difference. I wanted them to attack (the basket) more, but they were intimidated.”

And the 6-foot-6-inch Brooks wasn’t the only one that took advantage of the timid style of play of the Huskies (5-1, 1-1).

Sophomore guard Spencer Klehn went 8-of-18 for 18 points and freshman Ryan Brooks went 7-of-14 and finished with 18 points.

The two also combined to lead a strong defensive effort as the Knights forced 19 turnovers in the game, while committing just 10.

“Ryan and Spencer, they’re just good-sized guards up top,” said Trinity head coach John Brooks. “When they pressure the ball, it makes it difficult for the other team to get their offense started.”

And that proved true on Thursday — the Huskies struggled to find an offensive rhythm throughout the contest.

They did find success in the play of Isais Yin, though.

Yin led the team with 24 points on 10-of-20 shot attempts.

With the victory, the Knight’s continue to show why they think they belong in the discussion for an Omega League title this season.

Trinity used its preleague schedule to play teams from higher divisions in order to prepare itself for the grind of league play — and now the Knights think they’re primed to make a run.

“I think with the experience and size James has,” John Brooks said, “that’s a luxury in our division. There are not a whole lot of bigs, so I think we’re built to win this year.”

And James echoed those sentiments.

“We’re blessed with our size,” he said. “We just all around have a size advantage at every position.”

The Knights will look to ride that advantage to another victory when they travel to Newbury Park Adventist at 4:30 on Jan. 10.


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