Trinity presses by St. Xavier 63-45
Story by; Trinity Athletics
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 1 Trinity rolled to its sixth straight win over rival St. Xavier 63-45 in front of 5,753 fans at historic Freedom Hall.
Trinity has won six straight games in the series and eight of the last nine.
The top ranked Shamrocks extended their overall winning streak to 12 games, tied for the second longest streak in program history, and remained unbeaten in the state of Kentucky at 15-0. Every win against in-state competition this season has been by at least 13 points.
Senior guard Charles Foster had a game high 17 points to lead the Shamrocks, including 11 points in the second half.
Trinity is now 7-1 against the Tigers when playing at Freedom Hall since the series moved to the venue in 2004.
The Shamrocks and Tigers exchanged the lead throughout much of the first half with the Tigers building as much as a five point lead in the first quarter at 14-9. The Shamrocks finally took the lead for good with 3:08 left in the first half on a James Quick basket. It was part of seven straight points for Quick to end the half as Trinity’s pressure defense began to take its toll on the Tigers.
The Shamrocks exploded out of the locker room, posting a 10-0 run over the first 2:07 of the half, part of a larger 16-2 run that pushed a 24-23 lead late in the first half to 40-25 with 4:53 left in the third quarter after a Darryl Hicks three-point field goal from in front of the Trinity bench.
Trinity extended the lead to 16 at 44-28 with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter before a 6-0 run cut the Trinity lead to just ten at 47-37 before the Shamrocks again took control to coast to the win, leading by as many as 18 late.
The victory gave Trinity’s class of 2012 the 86th win of their Trinity careers, setting a new school record for wins by a graduating class. Nathan Dieudonne, Charles Foster, Troy Saxton, Hunter Hepler, Andrew Perito and Damon Thurman have an 86-22 record in their time at Trinity, having won titles in the King of the Bluegrass (2009), Republic Bank Classic (2009, 2011) and two Louisville Invitational Tournament titles (2010, 2012). Three of the six seniors have already committed to college basketball programs. Trinity also has two senior student managers in Stephen Anderson and Chad Hartlage.
The Shamrocks are less than a week removed from their impressive 2012 Republic Bank/Coca-Cola Louisville Invitational Tournament run where they won their four games by an average of 27.5 points. Trinity claimed its third Louisville Invitational Tournament title in the 65-year history of the prestigious event, previously winning the title in 2005 and 2010. The Shamrocks beat Eastern, Jeffersontown and Moore in less than 30 hours to propel them to the title.
Trinity returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 21 when the Shamrocks travel to Montgomery County High School to face second ranked and unbeaten Madison Central in the Joe B. Hall Classic. Tipoff is set for 7:15 p.m.
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St. Xavier (45)- Shaw 8, Tobe 4, Walker 2, Clemons 2, Smith 9, Moody 7, Kiesler 8, Hardy 5.
Trinity (63)- Hicks 9, Foster 17, Saxton 6, Hepler 2, Perito 5, Dieudonne 11, Thurman 2, Quick 11.
Three-Point Field Goals- Hicks, Perito, Dieudonne, Quick, Moody.