The Shamrocks outscored Sierra Canyon 15-5 in the third quarter and never looked back
FORT MYERS, Fla. Trinity’s experience and maturity paid off on Thursday in its opening game of the Culligan City of Palms Classic at Bishop Verot High School.
Playing against a team that does not start a senior, Trinity rode its eight seniors to a 70-59 victory over Sierra Canyon behind a team-high 14 points from senior Christian Thieneman to earn a spot in a Classic quarterfinal game on Saturday.
The Shamrocks outscored Sierra Canyon 15-5 in the third quarter and never looked back.
“It was a tough game and both teams were very physical,” Trinity coach Mike Szabo said. “Our defense was really good. That was the difference.”
Sierra Canyon, which starts four sophomores and a junior, sorely missed the presence of forward Ira Lee, who was out with an arm injury. Trinity controlled the glass in the game and outrebounded the Trailblazers 35-22.
“Coach talked all week about how talented they were a lot younger than us,” Thieneman said. “We were able to drive and kick the ball out and we knocked down some shots. If we didn’t hit shots we wouldn’t have won.”
The Shamrocks were 7-for-15 on 3-pointers and held the Trail Blazers to just 26 percent shooting from the field in the game and 15 percent in the second half.
Both teams’ star players struggled with foul trouble in the second half. Sierra Canyon’s Cody Riley and Trinity’s Raymond Spalding each played limited minutes in the game’s final 16 minutes.
Spalding finished with 12 points and six rebounds while Riley led all scorers with 24 points and eight rebounds.
Trinity – Levitch 12, Ramser 9, Thieneman 14, Stafford 5, Spalding 12, West 11, Schmitt 7.
Sierra Canyon – Martin 9, Riley 24, McBride 1, Ramsey 12, Seiko 13.
3-point goals – Levitch 2, Thieneman 1, West 3, Schmitt 1, Martin 2, Ramsey 1, Seiko 2.