Tigers get a lift from their bench in win over West Shore


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Holy Trinity's Demetrius "Meech" Robinson goes up for two points during Saturday night's game against West Shore. The Tigers won the game 73-45.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

The Holy Trinity Tigers needed a little help from their bench Saturday night.

And boy, did they get it.

Coming off an emotional win one night earlier, Holy Trinity had a rough first half before blowing things open in the final two quarters of a 73-45 boys basketball victory over visiting West Shore.

 “I think coming off last night’s win over MCC – we played a lot of guys a lot of minutes – quite frankly, we didn’t show up (in the first half tonight),” Holy Trinity coach Steve Henderson said. “Our starters did not come out ready to play, so we struggled a little bit in the first half. We were just not executing.

“We got a lot of guys on the bench some playing time. That was a positive because they played pretty well. In the third quarter, we kind of went on a run. We were able to push the game away.”

The Tigers (12-7), who beat rival MCC 68-60 on Friday night, led the Wildcats (6-13) by just eight points – 34-24 – at the half Saturday night.

But by the end of the third quarter, Holy Trinity had stretched its lead to 54-41, and a 19-4 run in the final frame turned it into a blowout.

Javaris Johnson led the way for the Tigers with 17 points. Trenton Gowins had 15 and Myles Chapman added 10. Demetrius “Meech” Robinson and Theo Mansell were next with seven points each.

“We got some younger guys some good playing minutes tonight, which was needed,” Henderson said. “I think we’ll need that throughout the playoffs. But we’ve got to be a little more consistent.

“I think that’s one of the things we’re constantly battling – being consistent.”

It’s certainly been a busy week for the Tigers, who played three games in five days and won them all. But a tough test still awaits as the team continues to prepare for the postseason, which begins Feb. 11 with the Class 3A, District 10 tournament at Cocoa Beach.

The Tigers are currently the No. 1 seed in the district, followed by John Carroll and MCC.

“We’re coming along the way I would expect us to,” Henderson said. “These next two weeks are going to be really trying for us.

“We’ve John Carroll on Tuesday at home, First Academy on Thursday at home and then we go to the First Academy Shootout, where we play Windermere High School, which is a very good team. The following week, we’ve got Merritt Island and Heritage, and then we go to Victory over in Lakeland, which is a very talented team.

“These next two weeks are going to be as challenging as our whole schedule has been. I’m hoping to keep advancing and moving forward with this group and hopefully, we’ll be ready for the playoffs.”