Saints hit stride

Published 12:45 am Monday, January 21, 2008

Natchez — The Trinity Saints boys basketball team seems to be peaking at the right time as the district play continues and teams try and position for the postseason.

The Saints sit at 15-3 on the season and are 4-0 in the district after taking two district victories over River Oaks and Friday at Prairie View. The Saints will host ACCS Tuesday night and then host Riverfield Friday night before stepping outside of district play to host Brookhaven Academy Saturday.

“We had a huge week last week,” Trinity coach David King said. “We beat two very good teams in River Oaks and Prairie View.”

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The Prairie View win was especially impressive. The Saints went on the road and defeated the perennial power 60-58 in overtime.

“Prairie View picked up a young man over the holidays who is a big time player,” King said. “He’s every bit as good as advertised. We had to adjust our game plan around him and we did a good job of that”

King said that game was especially important because of the district implications.

“Prairie View has got a lot of tradition around their program,” King said. “Both teams knew this was a big game to jump to first place. We got down 14-2 and showed a lot of composure to get back in the game.”

King said his team is really coming together now after getting off to a late start due to the football team making it deep into the playoffs.

“We’ve established who we’re going to be and how we’re going to play,” King said. “We’ve discovered our strengths and weaknesses and are working on them in practices.”

The Saints are ranked No. 2 in the MPSA AA Clarion Ledger poll, but King says his team still has things they need to work on in order to win the district and take the top seed in the district tournament.

“That ranking in the Clarion Ledger is a little lofty,” King said. “We think that our best basketball is ahead of us. We’re getting better every practice. We’ve got a chance to be very good by the time the South State Tournament comes around.”

Tuesday’s features a full high school basketball games including Huntington at WCCA, Natchez High at Ferriday, South Pike at Jefferson County, Vidalia at Bolton, Franklin County at Wilkinson County, Delhi at Block and Monterey at Forest.

Friday is another full night of hoops, featuring River Oaks at ACCS, Tensas at Huntington, WCCA at Franklin Academy, Marksville at Vidalia, Amite County at Jefferson County, South Pike at Franklin County, Natchez High at Jim Hill, Ferriday at Sterlington, Kilbourne at Monterey, Cathedral at St. Aloysius and Block at St. Mary’s.

There are also a few games on Saturday, including Amite County at Natchez High and Wilkinson County at South Pike.