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Trinity hoops: Knights win first-round state playoff game

Trinity beats Tranquility and will play No. 1 seed Saturday

Posted: March 6, 2013 10:32 p.m.
Updated: March 6, 2013 10:32 p.m.

The last people saw of Trinity Classical Academy boys basketball was a heartbreaking first.
Four days later they saw a joyous first.

The Knights, coming off a seven-point loss in the school’s first-ever CIF championship game, defeated the Tranquility High Tigers 63-49 in Fresno County on Wednesday in the first round of the CIF Division V State Basketball Championships.

“To think we’re still playing into the second week of March. We’ve been together as a team five months. It’s really a blessing for the school, the fans, the players,” said Trinity head coach John Brooks.

Trinity (19-6) was led by Spencer Klehn with 17 points and Ryan Brooks with 10.

As significant as they were for the Knights on Wednesday, it was Rio Hondo Prep’s determination to not let them get the ball on Saturday that was a factor in Trinity’s 47-40 loss in the CIF-Southern Section Division VIA championship game.

“(Thursday’s) game (Tranquility) really didn’t have anybody who could matchup against Spencer or Ryan or (forward) Michael Mateo,” John Brooks said. “Their tallest guy was probably 6-1.”

Yet Tranquility (13-14), the CIF Central Section Division V champions, jumped out to a 14-13 lead after one quarter.

Things turned around in the second quarter when the Knights held the Tigers to just nine points and took a 33-23 lead into halftime.

Trinity was up 53-33 after three quarters and brought the advantage to as much as 26 before it emptied its bench.

Yet a barrage of Tranquility 3-pointers cut the lead to 13 with two minutes to play in the game.

However, the Knights closed out the game.

Ian Caddow scored nine points, with Matthew Arroyave and Marco Escribano adding seven each.

Now they get No. 1 seeded Horizon Christian (18-11), the CIF-San Diego Section Division V champions, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in San Diego.

“They look like a junior college team,” Brooks said. “Because of our kids with fundamentals, there’s always a chance. I’m excited we get to play a team of that caliber with a bunch of underclassmen.”



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