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Prep boys basketball: Trinity’s repeat

For second time this season, Trinity easily dispatches SCCS

Posted: January 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Trinity's Spencer Klehn (14) scores two points as he is fouled by Johnny Costello (32), left, of Santa Clarita Christian, at SCCS on Thursday. The Knights defeated the Cardinals 64-40.

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In the schools’ first Heritage League meeting, Trinity Classical Academy defeated Santa Clarita Christian 64-40 Thursday at SCCS.

Led by Spencer Klehn and Ryan brooks, the Knights’ controlled the paint and used pressure on defense to force SCCS (6-6 overall, 0-2 Heritage League) into bad shots and numerous turnovers.

“We like to press when we have certain matchups on the floor,” said Trinity head coach John Brooks. “It makes it much harder for them to get into the flow of their offense, and it also makes our offense much better.”

Trinity (10-4, 2-1) controlled a 17-11 lead after one quarter and turned up the intensity on defense by limiting the Cardinals to six points on 2-of-11 shooting in the second quarter.

At the beginning of the second, the Knights mounted a 12-0 run to extend the lead to 29-13, and led by a score of 35-17 at halftime.

“I wasn’t pleased with our effort in the first half,” said SCCS head coach James Mosley. “I thought we got outworked, but we did do a better job coming out in the third quarter and competing.”

Brooks scored 15 points in the first half and finished with 19 and 16 rebounds.

Behind Phillip Webb, the Cardinals cut the lead to 49-37 with 32 seconds left in the third, but Klehn responded by making a three-point play on the final possession of the quarter to make the score 52-37.

Webb had 11 points in the third, and finished with 20 in the game.

In the fourth quarter, Trinity continued to play strong defense as it held SCCS to three points on 1-for-11 shooting in the quarter.

Klehn contributed 13 of his 25 points in the second half, to go with 11 rebounds in the game.

“I thought they played with a lot of energy,” John Brooks said. “Especially against a bigger team, when Ryan pulls down 16 and Spencer grabs 11, that’s big for us.”

The game marks the first Heritage League matchup between the schools, after Trinity left the Omega League to join the Heritage this season.

Trinity defeated SCCS 79-55 earlier this season in a non-league game back on Jan. 1.

The schools will meet again in Heritage League play on Jan. 31 at Golden Valley High School.

SCCS will be in action again today at home against Albert Einstein Academy, while Trinity plays at Faith Baptist on Thursday.





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