Holy Trinity boys using December as proving ground


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Holy Trinity senior guard Brandon Schwab drives to the basket during a recent game against Edgewood. Schwab and teammate Tyler Forde have been to two final fours and are hoping to close out their careers with another trip.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

Holy Trinity boys basketball coach Steve Henderson believes the month of December will say a lot about how good his team will be this season.

So far, so good.

The Tigers defeated Riverview and First Academy at the Windermere Prep Shootout earlier this month. Next up, a tough 16-team Christmas tournament at First Academy.

“I think coming back from that, we’ll have a really good idea of where we stand,” Henderson said. “We made our schedule pretty tough, so hopefully, it will prepare us for playoff time.”

This year’s Tigers will be led by seniors Brandon Schwab and Tyler Forde, who are both hoping they can close out their final season with a third trip the state final four.

Talented junior forward Seth Coleman joins the list of Holy Trinity’s other top returners, along with junior guard Tyrel Harris and junior guard Preston Milo.

New to the team are a couple of seniors – Zach Pfeil and Jaden Smith – who are standouts on the baseball team. Henderson said they have brought plenty of energy to the team, which is good considering the fast-paced game the Tigers like to play.

Dru Nickson is a junior point guard who attended Holy Trinity as a seventh and eighth grader, but is now back after two years at Melbourne. Junior forward Floyd Rideau is another transfer from Melbourne and sophomore guard Javaris Johnson is a transfer from Rockledge.

Freshman guard/forward James BlackStrain as versatile freshman who has been impressive early on.

“He comes to work every day, he’s picking up on the concepts real fast and he’s just doing a great job,” Schwab said.

Speaking after an early-season game, Schwab said he figured it would take about 10 games for the Tigers to get their chemistry down with their new teammates.

That would be good considering the Tigers play in a tough district that includes a talented MCC team that is loaded with seniors.

“I definitely think they can compete with MCC,” Henderson said. “It’s early in the season. We’ve got some new pieces and we’re trying to get them to buy into what we do. Once they come together, I think we’ll be right where we need to be.”