January 14th, 2020

Trinity advances to quarterfinals in LIT

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


Trinity advances to quarterfinals in LIT
Rocks surge past Chargers/ photo by Ed Peak

Cameron McClain is only a freshman, but he doesn't get rattled or let things get to him. McClain came off the Trinity bench in the first half to spark Trinity to a 48-39 win over Jeffersontown in a first round game of the 73rd Louisville Invitational Tournament, Tuesday. 

 McClain scored eight second quarter points as the Shamrocks had to dig out of a big deficit early. J'town led 9-0 and 12-2 before Trinity could get untracked.

 

"I wanted to come off the bench and make a lot of effort plays and help my team win," said McClain. "We just played harder on defense and got after it."

 

Trinity (8-8) the No. 11 seed and defending State Champions scored 17 straight points from near the end of the first quarter to late in the second quarter when they took a 19-12 lead with 2:33 before halftime.

 

"I really wasn't worried," said Trinity coach Mike Szabo. "I really felt it was going to be more of a half court game tonight, that we would ease our way back into it."

 

Sophomore Miles Franklin led Trinity with 13 points and three rebounds. Ethan Hodge added 11 points and four rebounds as the Shamrocks made 18 of 36 shots from the field for 50 percent. That included five or nine three point baskets.

 

But it was the defense that help Trinity got the victory. The Shamrocks used a man to man and zone that seemed to confuse Jeffersontown. The Chargers shot 37 percent from the field and were only six of 17 on three's.

 

"We were solid and tough," said Szabo. "We got a few stops in a row and we just needed to put a few shots in the basket. We played some zone to keep them off balance tonight."

J'town got within six points in the fourth quarter but seven straight points by Trinity pushed the lead to 42-29 with 5:15 to play.

 

Trinity has been in the last four LIT championship games, winning the last two titles. The Shamrocks will play Pleasure Ridge Park in a quarterfinal game Wednesday at 8:15 p.m.

 

"We did a lot of good things, blocking out, rebounding," said McClain. "All the good things we need to do to win."

 

Quinton Anderson led J'town (9-5) with 18 points while Brandon Rayzer-Moore added 14.

 

 

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