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January 18, 2013
Trinity Classical Academy 64, Santa Clarita Christian 40By Dave Rogahn
Spencer Klehn scored 25 points and Ryan Brooks had 17 points and 17 rebounds to lead Trinity Classical Academy to a 64-40 win over host Santa Clarita Christian in a Heritage League battle of small private schools in the Santa Clarita Valley Thursday night.
Trinity Classical Academy (10-4, 2-1) led virtually all the way, opening a 24-point lead early in the third quarter, but neither side's fans lost even the slightest amount of enthusiasm, making for a most festive atmosphere in the small gym.
And though both schools are fairly small, each is on the upswing on the SoCal basketball scene. Trinity entered the night ranked #4 in Southern Section Division 6 rankings, while Santa Clarita Christian (6-6, 0-2) was ranked #14 in the most recent Southern Section Division 5-A poll.
Trinity jumped out to an early 7-2 lead and led virtually the entire game. Brooks converted a 3-point play on a putback of his own miss with 3:17 left in the first quarter to make it 12-7. Phillip Webb answered with a putback with 1:50 left to make it 12-9, but then Trinity started to pull away.
The Knights pushed their lead to seven points when Klehn scored on a driving lay-up with 39 seconds left in the quarter and drew a foul. He missed the free throw, but Brooks grabbed the rebound, was fouled, and made one of two free throws to make it 17-9. Chris Collins scored for the Cardinals in the final seconds of the quarter to make it 17-11.
Collins scored again for Santa Clarita Christian in the early moments of the second quarter to cut the deficit to four points at 17-13. But then Trinity went on a 12-0 run, pushing the lead to double digits, where it stayed the rest of the game. Klehn was fouled after a rebound and made two free throws to push the Knight lead to 11 points at 24-13 with 5:49 left in the first half. Brooks made one of two free throws with 4:50 left and Marco Escribano scored on a lay-up to make it 29-13 with 4:20 left in the second quarter.
Trinity led by 18 points at the half at 35-17, and quickly increased its lead in the third quarter. Klehn scored on a putback to make it 37-17 in the opening seconds. Escribano hit a pull-up jumper to make it 39-17, and Michael Mateo added a jumper to make it 41-17.
Santa Clarita Christian cut the deficit to 17 points on a Webb 3-pointer that made it 45-28. Webb made one of two free throws with 3:18 left in the third quarter to make it 47-31, and Webb cut the margin to 14 when he scored off a pass from Alec Robinson to make it 49-35. Then Webb cut the deficit to 12 points on a steal & lay-up that made it 49-37 with less than 30 seconds left in the third quarter.
But Trinity never let the Cardinals get any closer. Klehn scored off a pass from Brooks, was fouled and made the free throw with 6 seconds left in the third quarter to push the lead back to 15 points at 52-37. The Knights pushed the lead back to 18 points on two free throws by Andrew Pabalan with 5:41 left in the fourth quarter that made it 56-38, and Escribano made a Tony Parker-type floater to push the lead back to 20 midway through the fourth quarter.
Klehn led all scorers with his 25 points, and added 11 rebounds for the double-double. Brooks had 17 points plus the game-high total of 17 rebounds, and added 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots. Escribano had 11 points.
For Santa Clarita Christian, Webb had team-bests of 20 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Collins had 9 points and 10 rebounds, just missing the double-double before fouling out with 2:47 left.
Box scoreThursday, January 17, 2013 - 7 pm
At Santa Clarita Christian School, Canyon Country
Trinity Knights 64:1-Andrew Pabalan, PG - 0/5 fg, 2/2 ft, 4 ast, 1 pf, 2 pts
12-Michael Mateo, SF - 2/5 fg, 1/2 ft, 4 reb, 2 ast, 2 blk, 2 stl, 3 pf, 5 pts
14-Spencer Klehn, PF - 11/21 fg, 3/5 ft, 11 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl, 3 pf, 25 pts
15-Ryan Brooks, C - 7/16 fg, 3/8 ft, 17 reb, 4 ast, 2 blk, 3 stl, 4 pf, 17 pts
25-Marco Escribano, SG - 5/11 fg, 3 reb, 3 stl, 3 pf, 11 pts
21-Matthew Arroyave, G - 1/4 fg, 0/1 ft, 1 reb, 1 stl, 3 pf, 2 pts
0-Josh Mumper, G - 1 reb, 1 pf, 0 pts
11-Colton Oshiro, F - 0/2 fg, 0 pts
42-Trey Christopher, C - 1/2 fg, 5 reb, 2 pts
4-Harrison Evans, F - 0/1 fg, 0 pts
23-Colby Lee, F - 0/2 fg, 0 pts
team rebounds: 7
Totals: 27/69 fg (.391), 9/18 ft (.500), 49 reb, 11 ast, 4 blk, 11 stl, 18 pf, 64 pts
3-pt fg (1): Escribano
Turnovers (13): Klehn 4, Brooks 3, Mateo 2, Escribano 2, Pabalan, Arroyave
Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals 40:13-Alec Robinson, SF - 1/7 fg, 0/2 ft, 4 reb, 1 ast, 2 pf, 2 pts
15-Glen Eberlein, SG - 2/7 fg, 0/2 ft, 3 reb, 3 ast, 2 pf, 4 pts
23-Phillip Webb, PF - 6/15 fg, 6/11 ft, 16 reb, 1 ast, 4 blk, 1 stl, 3 pf, 20 pts
33-Maynor Brooks, PG - 2/8 fg, 1/2 ft, 2 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl, 1 pf, 5 pts
55-Christopher Collins, C - 4/6 fg, 1/3 ft, 10 reb, 1 blk, 1 stl, 5 pf, 9 pts
32-Johnny Costello, F - 0/2 fg, 1 pf, 0 pts
42-Joe Zazzi, F - 0/1 fg, 0/1 ft, 1 pf, 0 pts
22-Richard Min, G - 1 reb, 1 stl, 0 pts
team rebounds: 3
Totals: 15/46 fg (.326), 8/21 ft (.381), 39 reb, 9 ast, 5 blk, 4 stl, 15 pf, 40 pts
3-pt fg (2): Webb 2
Turnovers (25): Brooks 7, Webb 6, Collins 6, Robinson 3, Eberlein, Zazzi, team
Score by Quarters:
Trinity Classical Academy---17-18-17-12 = 64
Santa Clarita Christian-----11-06-20-03 = 40
Updated Records: Trinity Classical Academy (ranked #4 Div 6) 10-4, 2-1 in league; Santa Clarita Christian (ranked #14 Div 5-A) 6-6, 0-2 in league
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