Trinity Classical Academy 77, Desert Chapel 52By Dave Rogahn
Ian Caddow made 7 three-pointers and poured in 37 points as Trinity Classical Academy not only won its first-ever basketball championship with a 77-52 victory over Desert Chapel but provided the feel-good highlight of the weekend in the Division 6 final Saturday morning at Godinez HS in Santa Ana.
Caddow made three straight 3-pointers to spark a 16-2 run as top-seed Trinity Classical Academy of Valencia (18-8) rallied from an early 14-8 deficit over #2-seed Desert Chapel of Palm Springs (23-5). The Knights pushed the lead to 19 points at halftime and led easily the rest of the game.
But the real highlight came in the final minute when Beau Howell entered the game for Trinity. A roar erupted from the Trinity fans - who had been extremely vocal and supportive already - as Howell checked in even as the Knights held a 23-point lead.
What happened next has been shown on many of the news stations in the greater Los Angeles area and posted on YouTube: Click here for Trinity's Beau Howell Makes Shot of a Lifetime. Howell, who is autistic, had played in 9 games this season but had never scored a basket. But thanks not just to his teammates but a very classy Desert Chapel squad, that would change before the game ended.
Howell tried a couple of shots as the entire gym - including Desert Chapel - seemed to be pulling for him. As the clock wound down - and with some friendly assistance from Desert Chapel's Taner Alvarez - Howell got the ball in the low post and swished his final shot, entering his name in Trinity Classical Academy's history, scoring the final basket in the school's first-ever basketball championship.
Even before all that, the day had been magical for Trinity and their neon-clad enthusiastic cheering section. Not only were the Knights on their way to their first-ever basketball championship, but the top scorer was Caddow, whose parents founded the school in 2001. Dad Wally is the managing director and mom Liz is the Head of School.
Ian, a sophomore wing, took over the game with his shooting. His three 3-pointers sparked the run that gave the Knights a lead, and he made his first 9 shots from the floor, including 5 three-pointers. Trinity held a 44-25 lead at the half with him providing half of his team's points. His 7th and final 3-pointer made it 64-39 with just over 7 minutes remaining, starting the celebration and preparing the way for Howell's triumphant moment.
For Trinity, Caddow was 13-for-17 from the floor for his 37 points, including the 7 three-pointers, and he added 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals. Michael Mateo added 13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Ryan Brooks - playing the position of point-center - filled the stat sheet with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals. Ryan's dad is head coach John Brooks.
For Desert Chapel, Roman Pellum scored a team-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double. Alvarez had 14 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. He also had a triple-double of sorts with 10 turnovers, but the final one was the one that really mattered, as he allowed Howell to steal the ball from him, setting up his historic basket. Jaleel Miles had 8 points and a game-high 8 assists for the Eagles.
Box scoreCIF-SS Division 6 Championship
At Godinez HS, Santa Ana
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 11:15 am
Desert Chapel Eagles 52:20-Roman Pellum, C - 12/20 fg, 1/4 ft, 11 reb, 2 pf, 25 pts
21-Jaleel Miles, PG - 1/10 fg, 5/6 ft, 5 reb, 8 ast, 2 stl, 5 pf, 8 pts
22-Evan Armendariz, PF - 2 reb, 4 pf, 0 pts
23-Taner Alvarez, SG - 5/17 fg, 2/3 ft, 13 reb, 4 ast, 4 stl, 4 pf, 14 pts
33-Max Casey, SF - 1/6 fg, 2/2 ft, 3 reb, 2 ast, 4 pf, 5 pts
25-Kaleb Whan, F - 0/1 fg, 3 reb, 1 stl, 2 pf, 0 pts
2-Moises Durazo, G - 0 pts
34-Daniel Camargo, F - 2 pf, 0 pts
13-Joey Spoelder, G - 0 pts
team rebounds: 7
Totals: 19/54 fg (.352), 10/15 ft (.667), 44 reb, 14 ast, 0 blk, 7 stl, 23 pf, 52 pts
3-pt fg (4): Alvarez 2, Miles, Casey
Technical Foul: Pellum
Fouled Out: Miles 2:14 left
Turnovers (24): Alvarez 10, Miles 6, Pellum 4, Armendariz 2, Casey, Whan
Trinity Classical Academy Knights 77:12-Michael Mateo, PF - 5/8 fg, 3/9 ft, 3 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl, 5 pf, 13 pts
13-Ian Caddow, SF - 13/17 fg, 4/7 ft, 7 reb, 3 ast, 5 stl, 3 pf, 37 pts
14-Spencer Klehn, SG - 1/2 fg, 4/5 ft, 5 reb, 1 ast, 4 stl, 2 pf, 6 pts
15-Ryan Brooks, C - 3/9 fg, 4/8 ft, 8 reb, 6 ast, 3 blk, 3 stl, 4 pf, 10 pts
21-Matthew Arroyave, SG - 0/3 fg, 2 reb, 3 ast, 1 stl, 2 pf, 0 pts
0-Joshua Mumper, G - 1/9 fg, 4/4 ft, 3 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 1 pf, 7 pts
1-Andrew Pabalan, G - 1/2 fg, 1 pf, 2 pts
10-Caleb Veluzat, G - 0/1 fg, 0 pts
22-Caden Kulp, G - 0 pts
23-Colby Lee, F - 0 pts
25-Koby Schafer, F - 0/1 fg, 0 pts
42-Trey Christopher, C - 1 reb, 0 pts
4-Beau Howell, F - 1/5 fg, 1 stl, 2 pts
team rebounds: 3
Totals: 25/57 fg (.439), 19/33 ft (.576), 32 reb, 18 ast, 3 blk, 18 stl, 18 pf, 77 pts
3-pt fg (8): Caddow 7, Mumper
Fouled Out: Mateo 2:17 left
Turnovers (13): Caddow 4, Mateo 2, Klehn 2, Brooks 2, Pabalan 2, Arroyave
Score by Quarters:
Desert Chapel (Palm Springs)----------16-09-12-15 = 52
Trinity Classical Academy (Valencia)---24-20-15-18 = 77
Updated Records: Trinity Classical Academy (#1-seed) 18-8, Desert Chapel (#2-seed) 23-5
Desert Chapel led 14-8 early, but 3 straight 3-pointers by Caddow sent Trinity on a 16-2 run to end the quarter and Trinity led the rest of the way. Howell, who is autistic, scored the final basket, his first varsity points, with a little friendly help from Alvarez.