February 27th, 2020

Trinity Captures 27th District Title Over Seneca

Jeff Woods 

Staff Writer 

Trinity Captures 27th District Title Over Seneca
Trinity Captures 27th District Title Over Seneca\ photo by Jeff Woods

For the second time this week, Trinity pulled out a close win in the 27th district tournament beating Seneca 43-40. The victory gives the Shamrocks their eighth district title in nine years. 

“I thought we fought hard. We weren’t great offensively, but we were good enough defensively,” said Trinity head coach Mike Szabo.


“I’m really happy for them. I’m proud of them. They deserve this. They’ve worked hard for it and good for them to be playing this way at the end of the season.”


The Redhawks were held to 40 points or less for just the second time this season. And the Shamrocks’ 43 points are the fewest in a win for Trinity since December.


“There were quite a few unforced errors tonight,” said Szabo. “At this point in the year, teams are really locked in. They have a good idea of what teams are trying to do. It was a defensive battle tonight.”


“I don’t think we hit one three the whole game,” said Trinity junior Zach Stahlman. “It was all free throws and two-pointers. We were just trying to find our rhythm and keep playing hard.”


Stahlman led the Shamrocks with 14 points. Andrew Brian also hit double-figures with eleven points while Ethan Hodge tallied six points. The trio also earned all-district honors.


“Just a good win for our program after losing a lot of players last year, and a lot of people thinking we couldn’t do it,” said Stahlman. “We just needed to get this win and keep looking forward to regionals and just keep trying hard and playing hard.”


Seneca started hot and led by as much as eight in the first quarter. Trinity responded in the second period with a 7-0 run to tie the game at 25-25 before trailing by three at halftime.


The Shamrocks just their first lead midway through the third quarter on a Cam McClain layup, but the Redhawks took it back 30 seconds later when Devante Wilson completed an old-fashioned three-point play. Trinity later reclaimed the lead and entered the fourth quarter ahead 35-33.


Trailing by two, Wilson struck again and buried a triple to put Seneca back on top 40-39 with 4:30 to play. Following a near two-minute scoring drought, Stahlman put Trinity ahead for good with 2:36 to play. The Shamrocks never led by more than three points.


“When (Zach) is locked in and playing hard, he’s really good,” said Szabo. “I think he’s our leading scorer and rebounder. He gets a lot of things done out there. He’s just a really good basketball player.”

Both Trinity and Seneca advance to next week’s 7th region tournament. The Shamrocks will play a first-round home game while the Redhawks face a district champion on the road.


“It’s great to come back on this court again and play one more home game and get our fans after it,” said Stahlman. “It’s going to be a good one.”


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