January 5th, 2020

Tigers Snap Streak Against Rocks

Dalton Pence 

Staff Writer 


Tigers Snap Streak Against Rocks
St.X defeated Trinity 69-64/ photo by Dalton Pence

Coming into Sunday, the Saint Xavier boys’ basketball team had lost six straight games to its rival Trinity, dating back to January 8, 2016. That streak came to a screeching halt at Bellarmine University when Tiger senior Nicholas Mosley scored a game-high 39 points in a 69-54 victory over the Shamrocks. 

“That was one for the ages”, St. X head coach Kevin Klein said when explaining Mosley’s career night. “It was absolutely incredible. He has just matured so much on and off the court. He had one of his toughest games of the year last game out and he took responsibility for that. Our mentality is always about the next play, the next game, etc. To see what he was able to do on the offensive end of the floor just really gave our guys a lot of confidence. There are not too many guys in the history of this rivalry that have been able to do something like that.”

 

Mosley started off the game on fire, accounting for the team’s first nine and 13 of the 18 Tigers’ first quarter points. His three-pointer at the buzzer gave St. X a 19 point halftime lead that the Rocks could not overcome. 

 

However, Trinity attempted a major comeback in the fourth quarter. Opening the last period on a 12-4 run, Trinity cut the lead to 11 with 5:07 to play. But in the end, free throws and a couple big baskets from Mosley and Simon Smith stalled the opposition’s late run.

 

“It starts on defense for us”, Mosley explained. “That’s where the focus is. On offense, feed whoever has the hot hand. Some games I do, some games it’s Ben Varga, others it’s Simon Smith.”

 

Mosley’s 39 points came on 13-16 shooting from the field, including six of seven from the free throw line and seven of eight from behind the arc. Ben Varga added 14 points, while Smith contributed nine. 

 

“It felt great”, Mosley said. “Last game I shot 1-14 and had a bad game. I had a couple days off and came back to practice focused. Coach just told me to keep letting it fly.”

 

Trinity (6-6) was led in scoring by Miles Franklin (12), Ethan Hodge (11), and Dudley Cox (8). Overall the Rocks shot just 29.4% from deep. The Rocks will take on Ashland Blazer on Tuesday at 7:00. 

 

“Last year we had a layup with under a minute to win the game, but we couldn’t seal it”, Klein explained. “I’m proud with how we got the lead tonight and it’s very difficult to maintain a second half lead after playing a flawless first half when you’re in a rivalry game against a great team. Give Trinity a lot of credit, they made things interesting, but our guys made enough good, smart plays to come out ahead.”

 

St. X moves to 10-2 on the season and will travel to Collegiate for a 26th-district showdown on Tuesday at 7:00. 

 

 

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