Holy Trinity cruises past Cocoa Beach, faces big test next week


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Holy Trinity's Dru Nickson drives in for a layup during Friday night's game against Cocoa Beach. Nickson had 16 points and the Tigers won 52-39.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

The Holy Trinity boys basketball team made quick work of the visiting Cocoa Beach Minutemen Friday night.

Led by their trademark aggressive defense that produced turnover after turnover, the Tigers jumped out to a 20-4 first quarter lead and cruised to a 59-32 victory in a Class 5A, District 7 game.

Seth Coleman had 17 points and Dru Nickson added 16 for Holy Trinity, which improved to 12-3 overall and 3-0 in district play.

Jaden Smith, Brandon Schwab and Floyd Rideau all added six points.

“Things got sloppy at times tonight, but I think overall as a whole, the boys are coming together and starting to play well together,” Holy Trinity coach Steve Henderson said.

The Tigers – who were missing three players due to various ailments Friday night – will certainly need to be at their best next week with two big district games on tap.

First, the Cocoa Tigers will pay a visit to Holy Trinity on Thursday. Then comes a big showdown with rival Melbourne Central Catholic.

At the start of the season, Henderson said he would have a better feel for what kind of team he had after playing a tough schedule over Christmas break.

Well, even though the Tigers hit a little “rough patch” during that time, losing a pair of games, Henderson believes he has his answer.

“I think the pieces are starting coming together so that we could have the season we expected to have,” Henderson said. “We’ve got some really tough district games left with MCC and Astronaut and Cocoa.

“We’re really focused on that right now, finishing out the district. Then we have some big showcases in Orlando that we still have left to play. We’ve got to play a game at Master’s Academy, and then we play Windemere Prep at (The First Academy).

“But right now … MCC is tough, but I think we’re fairing pretty well with the teams in our region. We’re excited about that.”