Rebounding is Key in Trinity (NH) Victory
by Julia Maldonado
MANCHSTER, NH --- In a rematch of the 2011 Division 1 boys basketball title game, the Trinity Pioneers proved to be the better team on this night as they defeated the Bishop Guertin Cardinals 74-43 on Friday night.
Trinity was led by a forceful trio comprised of senior center Andrew Lauderdale (17 points, and 7 rebounds), sophomore guard Carmen Giampetruzzi (17 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals), and forward Mabor Gabriel (16 points, 8 rebounds). Trinity never found themselves trailing in the game, and made a strong case for a return to the championship with a collective effort in the second half.
Trinity opened the scoring by converting two consecutive And\-1 plays, which were followed immediately by a BG jump shot and free throw. With an evident height advantage, Trinity fulfilled the expectations of the taller team and outrebounded their opponents 10-5 in the first quarter and blocked two shots, (their third attempt was called off for goaltending). The Pioneers lead 19-9 after one quarter.
The second quarter saw much of the same, with a spark coming on the defensive side of the ball for BG in the form of sophomore guard CJ Boykin. In the latter part of the second quarter BG senior Joe McCarthy was able to make two 3-pointers and a lay up to give BG some momentum on offense. Despite his efforts, the Pioneers still lead 44-20 after the first 16 minutes of play.
The Cardinals returned from the break with a more aggressive approach, and was successful in causing turnovers with their full-court trapping defense. They converted three straight steals into baskets, and maintained the pressure through to the end of the third quarter. BG outscored the home team 16-5, and cut the lead to 15.
Trinity regained their speed and finishing at the start of the final quarter, and at one moment extended their lead as large as 31 points. BG attempted to carry over the scoring streak from several minutes prior, however, the shots did not fall for them.Trinity also denied any second chance opportunities by controlling the defensive glass. That aggressiveness in the paint also translated to points on their end as they gathered rebounds in the paint and either made short-range baskets or were fouled in the act of shooting. Trinity held on for the 74-43 win, and did so by having a bigger presence in the paint.
As Trinity’s Gabriel explained after the game, it is about
‘whoever crashes the boards.’
“Rebounding sets the tone for the game and we did that," said Gabriel. "If we get the rebounds, we win the game. That’s how we think of it. You have to get to play defense to get boards, and everything else will follow.”
Bishop Guertin’s center Jeff Lunn and McCarthy were integral to the Cardinals’ battle in the post against the much taller opponents, but as Carmen Giampetruzzi described, the Pioneers eventually took control and were able to execute their style and pull away for a big win.
“In the first half, the pressure kind of got to us, and a little in the third quarter,” explained Giampetruzzi, “In the fourth quarter we pulled it together and stayed strong. It feels good to get some revenge on BG for March (in reference to the loss in the Division 1 championship game). We came out tough, and all came together to play well.”
Trinity inproves to 7-2 record as they work towards reclaiming the top spot from current top-seed Merrimack. With the loss, Bishop Guertin falls below .500 with a 4-5 record.
The leading scorers for Trinity were Lauderdale (17 points), Giampetruzzi (17 points), Gabriel (16 points), Jake Hamel (12 points) and Silvere Aluko (5 points), while Bishop Guertin was led by McCarthy (15 points and 3 rebounds) Boykin (7 points), Logan Kesty (6 points) and Jeff Lunn (6 points).
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