Dismal fourth quarter ends season for Holy Trinity
Holy Trinity's Davarion Marvine, shown here against MCC, had 13 points for the Tigers in their Class 3A regional quarterfinal against Calvary Christian Academy Thursday night. Holy Trinity led by double digits, but would eventually lose 72-64.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
Holy Trinity will try to forget about Thursday’s fourth-quarter collapse against Calvary Christian Academy. It won’t be easy since it ended the season for the unlucky Tigers.
Calvary Christian outscored Holy Trinity 26-7 in the final eight minutes to come away with an unlikely 72-64 road victory in the Class 3A, Region 3 quarterfinals.
Holy Trinity, which led by as many as 14 points in the game, held a 57-46 lead entering the fourth quarter. Nothing went right after that.
“They brought pressure on us and their length caused problems,’’ said Holy Trinity coach Steve Henderson, whose Tigers finished the season 18-10.
“We didn’t flash to the basket. When we got to the basket, we didn’t finish. You’re not going to win a lot of games when you can’t finish.’’
Davarion Marvine broke down his defender at half court for a driving layup on the left side, and Myles Chapman connected on a 3-pointer from the left side to give Holy Trinity a 57-44 advantage with 39 seconds to play in the third quarter.
Not much went right after that.
Calvary Christian (21-7) scored 12 unanswered points in a 3-minute, 22-second span of the fourth quarter to take a 59-58 lead with 3:21 remaining in the game.
Holy Trinity missed a couple of free throws when it had a chance to slow the Eagles’ momentum. The Tigers struggled at the line, making just 13 of 22 attempts.
The Eagles also were helped to a couple of easier field goals during the flurry when the referees failed to notice on two quick steals that Calvary Christian had six players on the court.
“Those two turnovers led to four points,’’ Henderson said. “We got complacent when they pressured us. We have to stick with pressure (defense) since that’s the way we play. Today, we just made too many mistakes.’’
Dylan Canonville led the Eagles with 19 points. Gregg Glenn and Noah Tovar added 16 points apiece.
“The big kid (Canonville) plays hard and he did a lot that they needed him to do,’’ Henderson said. “Between him and (Glenn), that created big mismatches that let them go to the free-throw line.’’
Antwan Freeman drove for a layup to give Holy Trinity its last lead of the game at 60-59 with 3:08 to play. It ended a drought of 4:08 where Holy Trinity had failed to score.
Glenn followed with two free throws and a layup off a steal to give Calvary a 63-60 advantage.
Theo Mansell missed two free throws for Holy Trinity, while Tovar and Glenn added two free throws apiece to push the lead to 67-62 with 1:38 remaining.
Javaris Johnson drove for a layup with 1:16 to play, slicing Holy Trinity’s deficit to 67-64. But Tovar made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 54 seconds to seal the outcome. Tovar was 10 of 13 from the free-throw line, including 8 of 10 in the fourth quarter.
Johnson and Freeman led Holy Trinity with 16 points apiece. Marvine added 13 points.
Calvary Christian finished 25 of 37 from the free-throw line.
Holy Trinity led 18-7 late in the first quarter and 36-22 late in the second quarter.