Senior leadership a big key for Holy Trinity boys basketball


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Senior Antwan Freean (with ball) played a key role in the early-season success of the Holy Trinity boys basketball team.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

There is no question which group of players the Holy Trinity boys basketball team will be leaning on to have success this season.

“We’ve got a lot of seniors this year and a lot of those guys are trying to fill spots that they didn’t play last year,” Tigers coach Steve Henderson said. “We’re really trying to figure out who we are. We’ve got a new offense. We’ve got some new kids playing different positions.

“I think early in the year, we’re just trying to continue to build up who we are and what we are.”

Seniors Antwan Freeman, Javaris Johnson and Darvarian Marvin are three seniors who have certainly stepped into bigger roles for the Tigers this season.

Holy Trinity is also getting some big contributions from juniors Demetrius Johnson, Ja’Lon Hudgins, seniors Myles Chapman and Trenton Gowins and sophomore Theo Mansell.

“We’ve still got work to do, but as far as progression, we’re getting there,” Freeman said after the Tigers beat Melbourne Central Catholic in a thriller, 76-74 in overtime.

“We’re playing as a team more. I feel like we have more chemistry.”

Known as a team that likes to play pressure defense and get out and run, the Tigers are trying to do things a little differently this season.

“We’re a dribble drive team and we’re trying to get a little more screening and motion in our offense, not having guys handle the ball so much,” Henderson said. “We’re trying to stay more under control.”

The coach said he was pleased with the way a number of his seniors have stepped up this season. That includes Freeman, who came up big a number of times for the Tigers early in the season.

In Holy Trinity’s 76-74 overtime win at MCC, it was the senior guard who hit the shot that sent the MCC game into overtime, and then hit the game-winner at the buzzer.

“Antwan Freeman has been a guy in the last three or four games that has really stepped up and pushed our team and remained under control and been a leader on the team,” Henderson said after that MCC game. “He’s been doing a really good job.”

The Tigers were off to a 5-1 start – including a thrilling 76-74 win over Melbourne Central Catholic – before heading to the City Beautiful Tournament over the winter break. Holy Trinity went 1-3 in that tournament, beating The McCallie School.

Holy Trinity will return to action on Jan. 7 on the road at Rockledge. The following night, the Tigers will host Lake Highland Prep.

Everything they want to accomplish is still in front of them.

“We’ve got to focus on every game,” Henderson said. “We hope they just keep getting better and they’ll give us a shot at the end of the year.”