January 14th, 2019

Fast start fuels Trinity's 67-47 win over Bullitt Central in LIT

Staff Report

Fast start fuels Trinity's 67-47 win over Bullitt Central in LIT
Trinity advances in the LIT/ Photo by Nate Bryan

By: Nate Bryan

The Trinity Shamrocks weren't about to suffer the same fate Monday night as the Butler Bears.

Having just watched top-seeded Butler get stunned by 16th-seeded Bullitt East in the third first-round game of the 72nd Annual Republic Bank Louisville Invitational Tournament at Valley High School's J.C. Cantrell Gymnasium, second-seeded Trinity came out and took care of business early against 15th-seeded Bullitt Central.

Led by seniors Stan Turnier and David Johnson, Trinity opened each half with a 9-0 run en route to a 67-47 win over the Cougars.

"We kind of knew coming in that there's always upsets, so we have to be ready for every team in this thing because they're going to be fired up no matter who it is," said Turnier, a University of Georgia-bound senior guard who scored a team-high 15 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the arc.

Trinity (12-5) converted on each of its first four trips down the floor while the Cougars (12-6) went 0-for-2 from the field with two turnovers. Five points and an assist from Turnier amounted to a 9-0 Trinity lead and a quick timeout from Bullitt Central.

"We came out on fire there in the first quarter. We played solid," said Turnier, whose team built a 27-9 lead over the opening 8 minutes. "When the second quarter came around, we were not playing very well."

Bullitt Central outscored Trinity 14-10 in the second period to pull within 37-23 at halftime with the Shamrocks, who advance to Wednesday's 6:30 p.m. quarterfinal against the winner of Tuesday's 6:30 p.m. first-round game between the seventh-seeded Male Bulldogs (10-5) and the 10th-seeded Fern Creek Tigers (9-8).

Trinity went 2-4 in the absence of the Louisville-bound Johnson, but the Rocks moved to 2-0 in his return.

"It's fine right now and I'm looking to get better," Johnson said of his comeback. "(The toughest part) has been getting back in shape. I'm not at 100 percent. I don't think so."

Johnson, considered a Mr. Basketball candidate, had 11 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals in less than 18 minutes of action as Trinity coach Mike Szabo rested his starters for the entire fourth quarter.

In the second quarter, Johnson dove for a loose ball in front of the Bullitt Central bench. While still on the ground, Johnson found a wide-open teammate in the paint for an easy basket.

"With me being the best player, I have to show that I'm the best on the team and I have to make plays for my team and play my hardest every time I'm on the court," Johnson said.

Guard Kamari Kenemore added 10 points for Trinity, while forward Jamil Hardaway had seven points and point guard Kolton Rice had five.

"When all of our guys can shoot it, having those guys on the floor really spaces the floor out," Johnson said.


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