Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Trinity Boys Dominate North

By: Tuesday and Friday
Trinity used a balanced scoring attack placing 5 players in double figures in a dominating 81-48 victory over Nashua North. Mabor Gabriel and Andrew Lauderdale combined for 33 points to pace the Pioneers.

The Trinity student body was rocking and ready for the season's home opener against North. It didn't take long to figure out it would be the inside strength of the Pioneers versus the back court shooting and scoring of North.

Ryan Gauthier looked like he was a player on a mission or at least a player gunning for 1st or 2nd team all state by hitting 4 three pointers in the 1st quarter. All 4 of his three's were nothing but net and good on the release. Trinity kept pace with Gauthier's torrid 1st period shooting by dumping the ball down low to Gabriel and Lauderdale. North's Mike O'Connor and Jake Mellin would have their hands full with Trinity's front line all night.

At the end of the 1st period it was Trinity 20 North 15. North played about as well as they could in the opening stanza and still found themselves down by 5. Gabriel scored 8 points for Trinity, but he missed a few opportunities to finish down low. A Titans fan could only worry at this point that a Pioneer wave was coming shortly. To Gauthier's credit he just missed on 2 other three attempts. With a little luck he could've had 18 in the 1st period.

At the 6:25 mark of the 2nd period a resounding dunk by Gabriel on the break gave the Pioneers their biggest lead of the game so far at 25-17 and brought the Holy Rock n Rollers from the Pioneer student body to their feet. Enter Patrick Keefe. The Pioneer super sub was coming off a 19 point performance from the bench last Friday in Dover. The high energy sophomore provided instant offense with 6 quick points including, 2 slash drives through traffic to help stretch the Pioneer lead into double figures.

During this sequence Javon Williams had a couple of ill advised (one of my least favorite terms) shots. There is no question Patrick Keefe could be a great taxi driver in New York City because he has an uncanny knack of driving through traffic and finding a nice kiss off glass to finish. Senior Anthony Farmer came up big for North by scoring 8 points in the 2nd period to help keep North close at halftime 38-26.

Trinity's size and depth took it's toll on North in the 3rd period as Trinity outscored North 21-7. North's front line could not match the size of Trinity's front line or their skill as Trinity's front line combined for 14 points. Keefe scored 5 more points off the bench in this period.

Trinity limited North to one and done on North's offensive glass while Trinity had 2 to 4 chances on their offensive boards before finishing. North was a tired bunch by the end of the 3rd looking at a 59-33 deficit. Gauthier had fully cooled off and there was no other scoring to speak of for North in the 3rd. The 4th period became a time for mixing and matching lineups as Trinity pulled away with the very convincing win over the Titans.

So, you ask how the point position was for Trinity tonight? Just fine thank you. Freshman point guard Ian Sistare only scored 3 points, but it was what he DIDN'T DO which was impressive. He didn't turn the ball over. He didn't make bad decisions. He brought the ball up against Ryan Gauthier all night. Gauthier is one of the better defenders in the state and Sistare performed very admirably against him. Sometimes, you couldn't slide a clipboard between their 2 bodies when Gauthier was playing defense against Sistare. Sistare passed his first big test at point guard. He is strong and has good vision. I'm sure Coach Keefe would gladly take what Sistare did tonight in just about any game the Pioneers will play this season.

Gabriel lead Trinity with 17 points. Lauderdale was a beast around the rim all evening and finished with 16. Carmen Giampetruzzi had a solid game with 11 points. Nothing better than a lefty on a basketball court with a sweet stroke and Giampetruzzi certainly has one. Jake Hamel came off the bench to hit 4 three's and also had a bounty of rebounds for a not-so-big-guy (5'9 some say).

Gauthier lead North with 17 points and he is well on his way to the town known as All Statesville.

The scary thing about this Trinity team's 33 point victory tonight is that Gabriel is certainly capable of playing better. He was rough around the rim on some attempted finishes throughout the game. He had the same type of game at Dover last Friday. Sistare will grow into the point guard position. Giampetruzzi will just be more solid as the season progresses and he gets more comfortable with his new starting position. This Trinity team opened the season by beating Dover and North by a combined 59 points and they are capable of playing much better basketball. As my daughter used to say when she was younger, "Ooooooooo Scary!!!"

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