Trinity boys basketball lived up to its name Saturday, they truly played like Titans.
The Titans put everything into its game against New Town and finished the night with a 63-47 victory over the Eagles, ending the Jamboree on a solid note. The team finished the night shooting a substantial 69.4% from the field, compared to the Eagles’ 32.1%. The Titans dominated from the 3-point arc as well, shooting 5-7 from the arc, 71.4% overall. Despite this, the Eagles never backed down and fought until the very end.
“At times it was a grind,” head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. “We had to deal with some adversity, and that’s OK and this time of year everything’s not going to be perfect, and we had to find out that we had to trust our teammates a little bit more tonight … We kept nose to the grindstone, got ourselves a win, wasn’t pretty but we did things that we needed to do to get there.”
The Titans offense started connecting from the opening tip, taking a double-digit lead in the early minutes. New Town didn’t waver and continued to grind and put pressure on the Titans. Trinity ended the first quarter with a 20-10 lead.
The Titans continued to have the same effort in the second quarter but were just outscored by the Eagles’ 14-13, taking a 33-24 lead into the half.
New Town looked to have made key adjustments in the third quarter, switching up the momentum and the speed of the game into their favor, forcing the Titans to commit turnovers and allowed for the Eagles to score on the fast break and inside the lane more often. Narrowing the gap to a six point deficit, but Trinity went on a late run taking a 45-34 lead into the fourth.
“I think we slowed down a little bit, we were in such a hurry with everything,” Grinsteinner said. “They were trying to speed the game up and we got in a hurry. Once we slowed ourselves down and executed, it just did the basic fundamental things, pass in pairs, shot fakes, finishing at the rim I think things started to go our way and that’s one thing we had to do.”
After pushing hard and narrowing the gap in the third, New Town hit the fatigue stage in the fourth and started to decline on scoring. The Titans continued to push the action and outscored the Eagles 18-13, sealing the victory.
With a victory over a team that is defense-oriented such as the Eagles, Grinsteinner hopes the boys take the lessons learned in the victory into its upcoming game on the road against Richardton-Taylor on Monday.
“I think the biggest thing is that you get to play a different style of basketball,” Grinsteinner said. “I think we’re going to see pressure defense against Richardton, much like we did against New Town, we’re going to have to handle their pressure. We’re going to play in a tough place, we got to be very good at executing. And that’s the bottom line.”