Seventh Region final preview | Trinity vs. St. Xavier

Seventh Region final preview | Trinity vs. St. Xavier

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Seventh Region final preview | Trinity vs. St. Xavier

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SEVENTH REGION BOYS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

* Who: Trinity (28-6) vs. St. Xavier (23-9).

* When: 7 p.m. Tuesday.

* Where: Valley High School.

* Tickets: $8.

* Litkenhous Ratings: No. 5 Trinity (98.6), St. Xavier (88.2).

* Last regional title: Trinity (2014), St. Xavier (1995).

* Regular-season meeting: St. Xavier won 55-48 on Jan. 8 at Broadbent Arena.

* Trinity’s probable starters: Jacob King (5-8, Jr., G, 14.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg); Gabe Schmitt (6-1, Sr., G, 13.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg); David Burton (6-2, Jr., G/F, 6.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg); David Johnson (6-3, Fr., G/F, 4.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg); L.J. Harris (6-2, Jr., F, 8.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg).

* St. Xavier’s probable starters: Connor McKim (6-2, Sr., G, 24.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg); Billy Basham (6-2, Sr., G, 6.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg); William Olsen (6-3, Sr., F, 10.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg); Evan Walker (6-5, So., F, 5.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg); Pierce Kiesler (6-7, So., C, 7.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg).

* Trinity’s postseason road: Beat Atherton 71-36 in 27th District semifinal; beat Waggener 46-44 in 27th District final; beat Male 71-64 in regional quarterfinal; beat Ballard 67-62 in overtime in regional semifinal.

* St. Xavier’s postseason road: Beat Collegiate 58-22 in 26th District semifinal; beat Male 75-72 in 26th District final; beat Waggener 57-51 in regional quarterfinal; beat Eastern 68-55 in regional semifinal.

* Notes: St. Xavier’s Connor McKim was named The Courier-Journal’s Seventh Region Player of the Year in a vote of the region’s coaches. … Freshman David Johnson stepped into Trinity’s starting lineup after junior guard Lukas Burkman (10.8 ppg) was lost to a foot injury at the end of the regular season. … The Seventh Region champion will face the Ninth Region winner at 1:30 p.m. on March 16 in the first round of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.

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