Holy Trinity repeats as Norfolk senior basketball champions
Holy Trinity's Devin Defreyne tries to dribble past Simcoe's Jake Luke during the NSSAA senior basketball final Friday. Defreyne and the Titans won their second straight senior title by a count of 66-41. JACOB ROBINSON/Simcoe Reformer
One of the most decorated NSSAA basketball teams in recent memory was at their best when it mattered most.
The Holy Trinity Titans – defending county champs in the senior division – cut the net once again after defeating their cross-town rivals from Simcoe 66-44 Friday night.
A large chunk of the Titans roster had won three straight NSSAA crowns going back to the junior ranks and their championship pedigree shone through at home on the big stage.
“We've been working together all year and a lot of us guys have played together all four years so we have a lot of chemistry and we were able to show that tonight,” said Holy Trinity's Jaxon Martin.
Martin scored 16 points on the night and went 9-for-12 from the line. He was one of three Titans – Shyheim Thomas and DeShayne Holliday being the others – to score in double-digits.
“We knew that they were going to come out and play their best, they've been our toughest challenge all year and we knew we had to come out with energy,” Martin said of the Sabres. “We couldn't let them get into our heads because they've got a lot of energy.”
The Sabres were down just six after a quarter but 16 after two. A 14-point fourth quarter was a nice boost for the team but wasn't enough to dig out of a deep hole.
“I just believe they outplayed us,” said Simcoe's Jake Luke. “At both ends of the court they were running quicker, they were shooting better. They came out way more prepared than us and they took the game, that's what it comes down to.”
At several different times, the Titans looked to be set up to shoot, only to dish to an open teammate for an easy two points.
“That's the play they run and we just didn't pick up on it quick enough,” said Luke. “They capitalized on that and that's how they beat us.”
With a team comprised of primarily Grade 12s, the veteran Titans will co-host the CWOSSA double-A tournament along with Simcoe both Friday and Saturday. Martin said his team will see some different defensive systems at the event and how they adjust will determine Holy Trinity's results.
“We've just got to focus on working our offence and working man-to-man because we don't come across that a lot in Norfolk,” he said.
Leading the way on the scoresheet for Simcoe was Simon Storoschuk with 14 while Thomas was second on Holy Trinity with 15.