NHIAA Boys' Basketball: Trinity topples Memorial
Trinity (9-1) preserved its reputation as a Division I elite and its No. 2 position.
“They came out and kind of smacked us in the face to start off,” said Trinity’s Carmen Giampetruzzi (29 points, 14 rebounds). “We figured we’d better step up or it was going to be a long night.”
One was a 4-point play when he was fouled while draining a shot from six feet from behind the 3-point line. Another was a fadeaway turnaround 18-footer after recovering a loose ball near the top of the key. Others were just your garden variety 25-foot threes.
It all got turned back around quickly in the second quarter, as the Pioneers began forcing the issue with full-court man-to-man and went on a 14-3 run in the first 2:36. Seven of those 14 came from Wenyin Gabriel, who finished with 18 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks and generally teamed with Giampetruzzi to dominate the interior.
The 27-11 second quarter turned what had been a 10-point Trinity deficit into a six-point lead, and the Pioneers extended that throughout the third, after which the advantage was 71-55. It never got closer than 11 in the fourth.
“We’re improving,” said Quirk, pointing to the fact that Trinity had beaten his Crusaders by 31 points in this year’s Queen City Invitational Basketball Tournament. “We just have to find more ways to score than we’re doing right now.”
There’s no debating the Trinity resume, on the other hand. The defending Division I champion Pioneers entered 8-1, with the only blemish to top dog Manchester Central. The entire starting lineup is battle tested, and it showed in a systematic comeback in a hostile environment Friday night.
“We like to run teams, but they ran us for a while tonight,” Rhoades said. “That’s pretty much our style of game, though, and in the end, they got tired and we didn’t.”