Trinity beats Oak Ridge, Blakeney to advance in City of Palms

Trinity beats Oak Ridge, Blakeney to advance in City of Palms

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Trinity beats Oak Ridge, Blakeney to advance in City of Palms

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Christian Thieneman and Raymond Spalding both had a double-double for Trinity as it erased a 5-point halftime deficit and won Saturday at the City of Palms Classic.

Thieneman, a Marshall commit, poured in a team-high 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Spalding, who is committed to the University of Louisville, had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Super recruit Antonio Blakeney — a former Cardinals commit — led all scorers with 28 points for Oak Ridge. But he did so on just 8-of-28 shooting.

“He is a great player,” Trinity coach Mike Szabo said of Blakeney. “He did a great job in the first half and we made some adjustments in the second half. We forced him into some tough shots. When we got the lead, that forced him to try and maybe do a little bit too much.”

Oak Ridge was looking become the first Florida public school since 2010 to qualify for a Classic semifinal since Austin Rivers’ Winter Park team.

Instead, it’s Trinity that moves on to play at 7:15 p.m. Monday for a chance to advance to the tournament’s final Tuesday night. The task will be tough — against the nation’s No. 1 team, Florida’s Montverde Academy, and top recruit Ben Simmons, an LSU signee who went for 38 points and 17 rebounds in a quarterfinal win over Saint Francis on Saturday night.

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