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SCCS hoops beats Trinity

Cardinals beat rival Trinity for 2nd time this year

Posted: December 11, 2013 10:36 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2013 10:36 p.m.

When it comes to boys basketball rivalries, Santa Clarita Christian vs. Trinity Classical Academy is gift that keeps on giving.

Last season, Trinity swept all three matchups and eventually ended up making the CIF-Southern Section Division VI championship game.

In this battle of two local private schools, the SCCS Cardinals have taken the upper hand early in this season after a 58-53 win over Trinity on Wednesday night in the second round of the Canyon Classic at Canyon High School.

It’s already the second time SCCS (5-1) has beaten the Trinity Knights (3-2) this year in non-league affairs.

SCCS won 68-42 in the SCCS Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday.

The teams will face off two more times later this season in Heritage League play.

“It would be nice if league was over right now after just the two,” joked SCCS head coach James Mosley.

Phillip Webb scored 19 points and added 13 Rebounds and four blocks to lead the Cardinals, who were without Cameron Lewis due to a foot injury.

He was one of the team’s leading scorers coming in. Teammate Kamron Carroll added 18 points and made 6-of-7 key free throws down the stretch.

The Cardinals jumped on Trinity early, moving ahead 17-8 at the end of the first quarter before Trinity slowly began to creep back into the game.

The Knights cut the lead to 42-40 headed into the fourth quarter and had a lead for a short time in the final minutes.

Michael Mateo led Trinity with 18 points, Ryan Brooks tacked on 13 points and Andrew Pabalan had nine points.

In the end, SCCS held off Trinity by making 11 foul shots in the final period.

“We’re still trying to kick off rust from football,” said Trinity head coach John Brooks.

Seven of Trinity’s 13 players, including three regular starters, played for the school’s football team which wrapped up its CIF championship season on Nov. 30.

Trinity was also missing Ian Caddow due to an injury.

But for now, SCCS has control of this rivalry.

“Santa Clarita Christian played well and we’re looking forward to it because we get them two more times,” Brooks said.

The Canyon Classic continues today as Trinity plays Panorama at 3:15 p.m. in a consolation game and SCCS faces St. Genevieve at 6:15 p.m. in the semifinals.


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