Hot start leads to easy finish as Tigers roll to 42-point win


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Holy Trinty's Dru Nickson lays one up against Edgewood Monday night. The Tigers would open the game on a 16-0 run and cruise to a 72-30 victory.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

If there was one thing that has plagued the Holy Trinity boys basketball team early this season, it’s been getting off to a slow start.

Well, that certainly wasn’t the case Monday night.

The Tigers raced to a 16-0 first quarter lead and rolled to a 72-30 victory over visiting Edgewood in a Class 5A, District 7 matchup.

Junior forward Seth Coleman had 13 points and senior guard Brandon Schwab added 11 to lead the Tigers, who improved to 3-0.

Senior guard Zach Pfeil and junior forward Floyd Rideau each had nine points and sophomore guard Javaris Johnson had eight. Every Tiger who played scored at least one point.

“I think we got off to a quick start defensively,” Holy Trinity coach Steve Henderson said. “It really allowed us to push the tempo in transition because we were able to get quick stops and steals.

“We had 40-plus deflections tonight, which is pretty good. Anytime we can do that, it usually means we can get out in transition. The more easy baskets we get to make, it gets us started early.

“We haven’t been starting fast in the last couple of games, so that was something exciting to see.”

Holy Trinity led 29-5 after the first quarter and 42-14 at the half.

Schwab, one of two senior veteran leaders on this year’s team (Tyler Forde is the other) said the Tigers’ hot start was a product of the mindset the players had.

“We came out and we knew we had to attack early and just get out and run,” Schwab said. “Our best offense is in transition. We just had to play defense and run with it.”