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Trinity boys trounce Valley Wetzel, 86-47

Created on:   Tue, Feb 13, 2018   11:57 PM

Last modified:   Tue, Feb 13, 2018   11:57 PM

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MORGANTOWN — A 39-point rout of Valley Wetzel helped propel Trinity Christian boys’ basketball team into the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference finals behind senior Joseph Zini’s 31 points Feb. 13.

The Warriors (13-5), under head coach John Fowkes, jumped to a early 23-11 lead in the first quarter and never let their foot off the gas against the Lumberjacks (8-11), cruising to an 86-47 final score.

“We wanted to send a message,” he said. “We know their record wasn’t the greatest, and in games like this teams can lose focus, especially with senior night [tonight], with South Harrison. I told them, plain and simple: This was an OVAC semifinal and there’s a reason [the Lumberjacks are] in it, and you have to beat them to make the final. They took that to heart, and it really showed here tonight.”

All but one Warrior was able to net a score, which showed a full team effort in the win. The game’s leading scorer, Zini, said it’s been part of their formula all season.

“Everyone contributed down to the last guy on the bench,” he said. “Coach is always talking about whether you’re a starter or on the bench, you’re expected to come out, make plays, stay confident and just keep the pressure up so there’s no lapses.”

Fowkes talked about the mentality he instilled in his team before the game and especially at halftime to keep up that pressure after leading, 46-25.

“We talk about being wolves and being the predator,” he said. “I thought they were that tonight. They didn’t stop. The defensive intensity was there for four quarters from every one. Part of the game plan was to push it up the court. We watched the film and saw they didn’t get back on defense as fast, and we wanted to take advantage.”

Trinity will host South Harrison at 6 p.m. today, as the Warriors honor their senior class.

The OVAC tournament will continue Friday.