Tomarion McCray completed arguably the best week a junior varsity player can have, and Miles Brooks earned the varsity's Player of the Game honor as Trinity Christian Academy Basketball completed its fourth game night of the week with a double-header sweep over the Rams of Englewood High School Friday night on the road. Both teams had extended runs at different points in their respective games on route to the wins.
JV: Conquerors 63, Englewood 49
For the third consecutive game, McCray topped 20 points, a fabulous total for a JV player for even one game, let alone three in a row. McCray scored 23 Friday night by powering his way to eight layups or short jumpers inside the paint and converting 7 of 9 free-throw attempts. He also made it difficult for the Rams to get inside, forcing them to take lower-percentage shots.
McCray totaled 83 points in four games during the week. On Monday, he scored 10 versus Ed White. McCray followed that performance with 21 at Christ's Church Academy Tuesday and 29 versus Cornerstone Christian at home on Thursday.
Trinity won all four games.
McCray was not alone. Jacqary Sineus totaled 49 points of his own by tallying 7, 14, 12, and 16, respectively. On Friday, Sineus combined with McCray to score 39 of Trinity's 63 points (62%). Sineus was a rebounding machine on both sides of the ball all week long, especially on Friday.
The Conquerors led 16-10 after the first quarter and put up a huge second in which they outscored Englewood 20-4. TCA led 36-14 at the half.
The Rams, though, cut into that lead in third with evenly- spread scoring from five different players, and Emauri Hampton tallied 9 in the fourth to help Englewood pull a little closer. Trinity's Josh Robinson, however, answered with three free throws late to help stave off any comeback effort. Robinson finished the night with 11 points, eight of them in TCA's big first half.
Seth Bialek totaled 6 points for the Conquerors while Khori Jones contributed 5, and R.J. Albury added 2.
Hampton was second overall with 18 points. Teammates Jamar Littlejohn totaled 8, and Jerry Massaquoi and Xavier Manduano each had 7 to help lead the Rams.
Varsity: Conquerors 62, Englewood 50
Brooks and two teammates all reached double digits as the Conquerors came from behind by six points early in the fourth quarter to outscore the opposition by 18 from that point on. Brooks spread his 18 points evenly throughout the game, scoring 4 in quarters 1, 3, and 4 and 6 more in the second period.
Xavier Cobb and Travis King each tallied 13 points. Cobb sank a buzzer-beating layup as time ran out in the first half that pulled Trinity to within two at 29-27. He later hit four of five free throws in the fourth quarter as part of Trinity's huge final push. King was 8 for 12 at the line and converted five straight in the fourth quarter. He also drained a three in the third to help Trinity stay within a point at 43-42 by the quarter's end.
Englewood scored the first five points of the fourth to go ahead 48-42 before the Conquerors finished the game with 20-2 performance. Sixteen of those points came from Cobb and King.
Dylan Siekbert had a three and a foul shot for 4 total points while Donavon Paris, Fred Highsmith, and George Hawkins each added 2. Paris's defensive contributions and rebounding provided the opportunities for the offense to take over, especially in Trinity's big final run.
The two teams will meet again at Trinity on Friday, February 7, for Senior Night at Trinity Gymnasium. First, the Conquerors will visit University Christian on January 27 and Seacoast Christian on January 30.
Senior Night is the third of three consecutive home games the following week to close out the regular season.