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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 1 Trinity slammed rival St. Xavier 67-46 in the championship game of the 2012 Class Act 7th Region Tournament at Bellarmine’s Knights Hall to gain the school’s second trip the state tournament.
Trinity had four players in double figures, including 15 by James Quick, 12 by Darryl Hicks, 12 by Troy Saxton and Charles Foster 11.
Trinity will face either PRP or Bullitt East when they open play in the 2012 PNC/KHSAA Sweet 16 ® on March 14 in Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. The opening game for the Shamrocks is set to tip at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the opening round game will be available through the Trinity Athletic Office, www.ticketmaster.com and the Rupp Arena Box Office. Information on purchasing tickets at Trinity will be available at www.trinityrocks.com and on Twitter via @trinitysports.
Trinity will return to Rupp Arena for the first time since 2004 when the Shamrocks reached the state tournament for the first time. In just the third year as head coach of the Shamrocks, Mike Szabo led Trinity to a win over University Heights (75-57 on Mar. 17, 2004) in the opening round before suffering a three-overtime loss to defending state champion and eventual state runner-up Mason County (66-59 on Mar. 19, 2004).
Trinity and St. Xavier met in the regional finals for the first time in program history and the first time in the postseason since 2001. The meeting of Catholic school rivals marked the first time since 1955 that two Catholic school teams had met in the 7th Region finals.
Trinity posted its 14th consecutive win, the second longest streak in program history, and have won 26 of their last 27 games. Trinity is now 28-1 against teams from the state of Kentucky this season.
With the win, Trinity completed the first undefeated season in program history against seventh region opponents. The Shamrocks were 12-0 against teams from one of the state’s toughest regions in 2011-2012. It is the first unblemished record for a team from the region since 2006-2007.
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Trinity (67)- Hicks 12, Foster 11, Saxton 12, Perito 2, Rice 2, Dieudonne 7, Thurman 4, Quick 15, Page 2.
St. Xavier (46)- Shaw 6, Glassford 5, Jones 6, Walker 2, Clemons 1, Smith 2, Moody 7, Hardy 2, Mitchell 2, Kiesler 13.
Three-Point Field Goals- Hicks, Foster, Saxton, Quick 2, Shaw 2, Glassford.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 1 Trinity rolled to its sixth straight win over rival St. Xavier 63-45 in front of 5,753 fans at historic Freedom Hall.
Trinity has won six straight games in the series and eight of the last nine.
The top ranked Shamrocks extended their overall winning streak to 12 games, tied for the second longest streak in program history, and remained unbeaten in the state of Kentucky at 15-0. Every win against in-state competition this season has been by at least 13 points.
Senior guard Charles Foster had a game high 17 points to lead the Shamrocks, including 11 points in the second half.
Trinity is now 7-1 against the Tigers when playing at Freedom Hall since the series moved to the venue in 2004.
The Shamrocks and Tigers exchanged the lead throughout much of the first half with the Tigers building as much as a five point lead in the first quarter at 14-9. The Shamrocks finally took the lead for good with 3:08 left in the first half on a James Quick basket. It was part of seven straight points for Quick to end the half as Trinity’s pressure defense began to take its toll on the Tigers.
The Shamrocks exploded out of the locker room, posting a 10-0 run over the first 2:07 of the half, part of a larger 16-2 run that pushed a 24-23 lead late in the first half to 40-25 with 4:53 left in the third quarter after a Darryl Hicks three-point field goal from in front of the Trinity bench.
Trinity extended the lead to 16 at 44-28 with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter before a 6-0 run cut the Trinity lead to just ten at 47-37 before the Shamrocks again took control to coast to the win, leading by as many as 18 late.
The victory gave Trinity’s class of 2012 the 86th win of their Trinity careers, setting a new school record for wins by a graduating class. Nathan Dieudonne, Charles Foster, Troy Saxton, Hunter Hepler, Andrew Perito and Damon Thurman have an 86-22 record in their time at Trinity, having won titles in the King of the Bluegrass (2009), Republic Bank Classic (2009, 2011) and two Louisville Invitational Tournament titles (2010, 2012). Three of the six seniors have already committed to college basketball programs. Trinity also has two senior student managers in Stephen Anderson and Chad Hartlage.
The Shamrocks are less than a week removed from their impressive 2012 Republic Bank/Coca-Cola Louisville Invitational Tournament run where they won their four games by an average of 27.5 points. Trinity claimed its third Louisville Invitational Tournament title in the 65-year history of the prestigious event, previously winning the title in 2005 and 2010. The Shamrocks beat Eastern, Jeffersontown and Moore in less than 30 hours to propel them to the title.
Trinity returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 21 when the Shamrocks travel to Montgomery County High School to face second ranked and unbeaten Madison Central in the Joe B. Hall Classic. Tipoff is set for 7:15 p.m.
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St. Xavier (45)- Shaw 8, Tobe 4, Walker 2, Clemons 2, Smith 9, Moody 7, Kiesler 8, Hardy 5.
Trinity (63)- Hicks 9, Foster 17, Saxton 6, Hepler 2, Perito 5, Dieudonne 11, Thurman 2, Quick 11.
Three-Point Field Goals- Hicks, Perito, Dieudonne, Quick, Moody.