Second half woes cost Tigers against Master’s Academy


Holy Trinity's Theo Mansell scored 10 points to lead the Tigers in Thursday night's game against The Master's Academy. Holy Trinity led throughout the first half, but the Eagles rallied in the final two quarters to win by 11.


The Holy Trinity boys basketball team learned yet another lesson Thursday nigh as the Tigers try to get themselves prepared for what they hope will be a lengthy postseason.

The Tigers jumped out to a 14-point halftime lead on visiting Master’s Academy only to see the Eagles rally for a 53-42 non-district victory.

“In the second half, we only had 12 points, which was frustrating,” Holy Trinity coach Steve Henderson said. “They went triangle-and-one on our guy, and we seemed to settle and were passive with the ball.

“They’re a good team. They’ve got guys who can shoot it and do a lot of things. Defensively, they caught us on our toes a little bit when they put up the points in the second half.”

Despite the loss, Henderson believes the Tigers aren’t that far off from where they want to be with the district playoffs edging ever closer.

“We’re right on task for where we want to be,” Henderson said. “I just told the guys our schedule is extremely challenging and the reason we’re playing these teams from Orlando is so we can get that experience to be ready (for the postseason).

“Hopefully, (Friday) night, we’ll bounce back when we take on Cocoa.”

Theo Hansell led the Tigers (8-7) with 10 points. Myles Chapman had eight and Demetrius “Meech” Robinson and Antwan Freeman both had seven.

Holy Trinity dominated the action in the first half, limiting Master’s Academy to one shot while also being able to get out and run and keep the ball moving at a face pace.

The Tigers led 14-6 after one quarter and 30-16 at the half.

But a number of things changed in the second half. The Eagles, ranked No. 61 in the state by MaxPreps, started hitting more shots and doing a better job on the boards.

They were also able to press a little more, which effectively turned the Tigers into a half-court offense, which is not their style. Then there was the triangle-and-one which The Master’s Academy used, first on Holy Trinity’s Javaris Johnson, then on Freeman.

The game was tied at 38-38 after three quarters before the Eagles were able to pull away in the final frame.

“We haven’t seen it all year,” Henderson said of the triangle-and-one. “It led to turnovers and confusion. It was a great job on their part.

“But now that you see it, you know how to attack it. Part of this season, and what we’re trying to do, is to see everything we can before it’s playoff time.”

In the meantime, the Tigers have done a good job of sticking together despite the challenging schedule they have faced this season.

“The group is staying together and they’re positive,” Henderson said. “They’re continuing to develop so I think we’re headed on a path that I’m happy and content with that we’re going to be where we need to be in February.”