February 15th, 2015

Holy Trinity boys are CSAA champs

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Eric Thorne

Staff Writer


Holy Trinity boys are CSAA champs
Holy Trinity shows who’s No. 1 while celebrating after beating St. Gabriel in the 8th-Grade 1-AA boys’ title game / photo by Eric Thorne

Stan Turnier nearly single-handedly lifted his Holy Trinity team to a championship.

The lanky center dropped in 24 points in leading the Eagles to a 48-26 victory over St. Gabriel in Sunday’s 8th -Grade 1-AA boys’ title game at Trinity High School.

“This win just means that all our hard work this year has paid off,” Turnier said. “I really had to work inside there. They were banging pretty hard.”

Turnier was nearly impossible to stop in the paint — in fact, he didn’t miss a shot until the fourth quarter. And he was 4 for 4 from the free-throw line.

He scored on a lob off the opening tip just eight seconds into the contest. From there, he and Richard Bascom were just too much inside. Bascom added six points.

The Eagles raced out to a 12-5 lead at the end of the first quarter, using balanced scoring from five different players.

The second quarter started the same, with back-to-back lay-ins by Turnier just 25 seconds into the period. The lead grew to 13 on a Bascom putback.

Ethan Stacy dropped in pair of buckets and Cole Campisano drained a three-pointer for St. Gabriel, but the Leopards still trailed 23-15 at the half. Campisano and Stacy each finished with six points.

Holy Trinity coach Peter Klein then told his team at halftime not to let St. Gabriel back in the game.

“We talked defense and I challenged them to not allow a made basket in the third quarter,” Klein said.

Challenge accepted and executed.

Turnier was a man on a mission in the period with 12 points. The Leopards were limited to two free throws as the lead ballooned to 39-17.

St. Gabriel coach David Wood wasn’t surprised by the outburst.

“That has kind of been our MO, hanging tough for the first half,” he said. “However, they have the size and their coaches know how to use it. I would have done the same thing. Stan is just so physical inside and very mobile. Our kids really fought hard and I’m very proud of them.”

Josh Bell and Campisano each added a three-pointer in the final minutes as the Leopards cut into what had been a 30-point deficit. Shawn Kaufman led St. Gabriel with seven points.

“We were able to accomplish this with everyone contributing,” Klein said. “It was a great effort and these boys really deserve it.”

 

 

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