Being the No. 6 seed has become a good luck charm for teams in the MICDS Holiday Invitational Tournament in recent seasons.
Ladue won the tournament last year as a six seed.
The 6th seed proved to be good luck this time around for the Trinity Titans. Trinity, seeded sixth finished off a perfect week of play with a resounding 60-39 win over fourth-seed Duchesne to claim the schools first MICIDS tournament championship Friday night at MICDS.
“I’m always hard on my guys, so I thought we were about a 10 or 11-seed Trinity coach Jeffrey McCaw said. “I felt like if we played well and played with a lot of energy, we could live with the outcome. And it winds up being a great outcome.”
Trinity (9-2) wore down Duchesne with scoring balance throughout the lineup.
Jaron Thames paced the Titans with 15 points. Isaiah Williams and Marcus Washington did damage with nine points and Rashad Weekly added eight points.
“This was very good because in Trinity’s history we’d never made it into the winner bracket and we won the championship, so that feels good for everybody.”
Duchesne (8-3) got a big night from Luke Loewenstein, who pumped in a game-high 16 points.
“We were doing great until the second quarter and the wheels kind of fell off,” Duchesne coach Wade Bouslog said. “The that’s bad is that we had a really good week. Beat three pretty good teams in Westminter, Ladue, and Parkway Central). I thought we hung in there first quarter and then the wheels fell off. In sports, you’re only as good as your last game, so we’ll have to reassess and go.”
The Pioneers came out hot early as they rolled to a 9-2 lead.
Trinity began the second quarter with a 6-2 surge and grabbed its second lead of the game on a pair of Thames free-throws to go ahead 20-19 with 2:01 left before the halftime break.
A 16-point second quarter pushed the Titans into a 26-21 lead at the intermission.
“We turned up our defense and got in our 2-2-1 press and we just started playing as a team,” Thames said. “Nobody was playing as individuals.”
Employing guard pressure from Thames, Williams, and Washington, Trinity outscored the Pioneers 22-9 in the third quarter and built its lead to 48-30 after the third stanza.
“We make it an emphasis to continue to apply pressure,” McCaw said. If you can continue to keep up the pressure for 32 minutes, more than likely something going to give.”
What gave for Duchesne was their ability to hold on to the ball and make shots.
The Pioneers knocked down only three shot in the second half. Only one of the third quarter shots hit was a 3-ball.
“I thought we left some points out there and they’re a team that once they rolling, it hard to get up with them, Bouslog said.”
Duchesne, which now is 1-1 all-time in the MICDS Holiday Invitational championship game, will get another crack at the Titans on Jan. 25 at Trinity.