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Prep basketball: Trinity’s fountain of youth

Knights’ roster features seven freshmen in blowout victory

Posted: December 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Trinity's Spencer Klehn (14) shoots over Santa Clarita Christian's Phillip Webb (23) as SCCS' Maynor Brooks (33) looks to help at SCCS on Saturday.

Trinity boys basketball capped a satisfying run through the Santa Clarita Christian School Tip-Off Tournament with a convincing 79-55 victory over the rival Cardinals on Saturday at SCCS.

“We’re young gradewise, but we don’t have a shortage of experience.” said Knights head coach John Brooks. “With the way our school is organized a lot of guys have been playing with each other since third and fourth grade.”

And that fluidity showed on Saturday. The youthful Knights, whose roster of 13 players features seven freshman, four sophomores, one junior and one senior, played tenacious, yet disciplined, defense, neutralizing the Cardinals’ clear height advantage by forcing 19 turnovers and disallowing the game to slow down to a pace that SCCS could settle into.

Cardinals standout guard Larue Nixon was perhaps the most affected by the Knights’ aggressive zone scheme — the senior failed to score in the first and fourth quarters and found himself on the wrong end of many double teams.

Instead, the Cardinals were led on offense by 6-foot, 6-inch junior forward Phillip Webb, who tallied 25 points.

Unfortunately, Webb’s big night proved to be the lone bright spot for SCCS, who fell behind 22-8 in the first quarter and found themselves playing catch-up the rest of the way.

While Webb was able to figure out the Knights’ defensive scheme, neither he or his teammates figured out how to keep the Knights from executing their offensive gameplan, which on Saturday included a heavy dosage of 3-point shots.

Trinity hit nine 3-pointer on Saturday, three of which were courtesy of tournament Most Valuable Player Ian Caddow, who finished with 13 points.

“We played really well as a team,” said Caddow, one of Trinity’s seven freshman. “We distribute the ball well and I think that’s what led to all of our good shots.”
Good shots, for everybody.

So far this season, Trinity has utilized its bench more for fresh bodies on defense, but Saturday those bodies went into attack mode and never looked back.

Nine players scored for Trinity, with four scoring double digits.

Freshman point guard Marco Escribano led the way with 15 points, followed by Caddow with 13, Ryan Brooks, the team’s inside presence, with 12, and Spencer Klehn with 11.

The win brings Trinity to 4-0 to begin the season. The Knights will host Oakwood on Monday.

Despite the loss, SCCS (2-1) emerges from its season-opening tournament with a second-place trophy and an understanding that it has two game-breaking scorers in Webb and Nixon.

The Cardinals are on the road Monday against New Community Jewish in West Hills.



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