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Prep boys hoops: Trinity moves to quarters

Knights get more of a challenge in second round

Posted: February 16, 2013 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 16, 2013 1:55 a.m.

Trinity Classical Academy Knights boys basketball continued their winning ways on Friday evening at East Rancho Dominguez Park, defeating the Hope Centre Lions 48-40 to advance to the third round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VI playoffs.

After winning its first round game by 41 points, Trinity (16-5 overall) found a worthy opponent in Hope Centre of Compton (8-8), which troubled the Knights with its fast-paced, athletic attack.

“It was like we were playing basically against five guards,” said Trinity head coach John Brooks. “They were very quick and active, which forced us into a lot of turnovers and kept the game interesting.”

The two teams played to a 13-13 standstill in the first quarter — a steep departure from Wednesday when Trinity won the first frame to the tune of 31-3.

But as the game wore on, Trinity’s balance and playoff pedigree proved too much for the Lions to run with.

The Knights entered the second half up 24-17, and led by as much as 15 in the fourth quarter before Hope Centre’s last desperate comeback push.

The Knights’ Marco Escribano and Mike Mateo each scored 12 to lead Trinity.

Mateo has become a significant impact player for the Knights in recent weeks, while Escribano has proved his big game moxie time and again this season.

“Marco is absolutely confident,” Brooks said. “Having him as our point guard is great because he doesn’t get frustrated, and again he played big in the fourth quarter.”

While Knights standout Ryan Brooks saw only limited minutes due to foul trouble, Trinity junior forward Spencer Klehn picked up the slack, scoring 10 points and nabbing 12 rebounds.

Another significant development in Friday’s game was the return of freshman standout Ian Caddow, who hit a momentum grabbing 3-pointer in the fourth quarter upon returning from an injury that has kept him out for the better part of the season.

Trinity will face Valley Christian Academy on the road in the next round.


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