Trinity boys win tournament

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, December 31, 2013

BROOKHAVEN — The Trinity Episcopal Day School boys ended the fall 2013 semester undefeated in football and basketball.

And perhaps ironically, the Saints defeated Marshall Academy — the same team they topped to win a state title in football — Monday night to cap off the year.

Trinity topped Marshall, 60-47, to win the boys bracket of the Brookhaven Academy Holiday Tournament, and head coach Edwin White said the game would hopefully help build toward a postseason run in the near future.

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“We did a lot as far as working together as a team,” White said. “We worked on some things offensively and gave them different looks (Monday), and we started working on some things that we’ll be doing during the playoffs. We played aggressive defense, played well and played unselfish, team basketball.”

Tommy McCoy led Trinity with 22 points, and Arzell McCoy tacked on 14 points for the Saints. Wyatt Boothe chipped in with 10 points to round out Trinity’s double-digit scorers.

Trinity led 24-21 at the half and 34-29 at the end of the third, but the Saints outscored Marshall 26-18 in the fourth quarter to pull away.

White said the inside-outside duo of Tommy and Arzell McCoy have helped the Saints remain undefeated through this portion of the schedule.

“Arzell is the inside player, and Tommy is the outside player, and those two are hard to stop,” White said. “It opens things up for other players, and they make things easy that would normally be hard.”

White also said he’s been impressed with Tommy’s leadership abilities this season.

“He’s more mature and has turned into the ideal player,” White said. “He’s shown leadership and a willingness and desire to win, and that will power rubs off on his teammates.”

Dakota Daily led Marshall in scoring with 22 points, and Andrew Herrington added 12 points.

Trinity (10-0) will play again Jan. 7 at Tensas Academy.