March 7th, 2019

Trinity Advances in State, Beating Johnson Central 70-28


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Trinity Advances in State, Beating Johnson Central 70-28
file photo by Dalton Pence

Trinity wasn't about to go home early this time. The Seventh Region championships demolished 15th Region champ Johnson Central 70-28, Wednesday, in the opening round of the 102nd Boys State Tournament at Rupp Arena

The Shamrocks, the 2012 state champions, had sustained first round losses to Newport Central Catholic in 2016 and last year to eventual runner-up, Scott County.

Trinity (27-8) got off to a quick start leading 24-3 and that set the tone, especially defensively. Trinity went into the game as one of the top teams in the state allowing 46 points a game.

The game got so lopsided in the fourth quarter that a running clock was instituted.

Trinity coach Mike Sabo refused to say the early exits motivated his team Wednesday.

"We were disappointed for sure," said Szabo. "But today wasn't just about that. We have five seniors and we want to play together as long as we can."

Trinity advances to Friday's quarterfinal at 1:30 p.m.l against 16th Region Champion Ashland Blazer (18-16) a surprise winner over Owensboro 58-50.

While Trinity's defense held the Golden Eagles to 26.8 percent field goal shooting (11 of 41). Trinity has an experienced team that seems to be playing at a high level after losing the 28th District championship to Waggener.

"I was happy with the way we started," said Szabo. "Great energy, focus, toughness."

The Shamrocks made 60 percent of its shots from the floor (29 of 48). Jamil Hardaway made all eight of his shots from the field for 18 points and had five rebounds.  

University of Louisville commit David Johnson had 13 points, six rebounds and three assist. Stan Turnier added 10 points while Kolton Rice had eight points and five assist.

"I've had games where I was four of four, but eight of eight," said Hardaway. "It's pretty exciting."

The Shamrocks would like nothing better than keep playing through to Saturday's championship game. 


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