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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Career falls one win short

The best season in school history fell one victory short for the Career Panthers. Trinity Catholic, the No. 18 seed, beat Career 57-51 Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Trinity shot 50 percent (18 of 36) from the floor. The Crusaders also outrebounded the Panthers 34-29 - a department Career needed to dominate to have a chance Saturday.

Once Career started applying full-court pressure defense, the team started to get some turnovers. In Fact. Trinity committed 21 overall.

But Career was its own worst enemy in the fourth quarter, missing 16 of 19 shots. Trinuty's defense defintely played a role in that - especially 7-foot freshman Pascal Chidi Chukwu, who had four blocked shots in 12 minutes.

With everyone back except one player - Jonathan Boykin - Trinity should ascend back into the upper echlon of state teams as it did for most of the previous decade. That doesn't bode well for others.

As for Career, the team has experience coming back in Kenny Armstead Treyvon Moore and Earl Hassel. But forward Kevin Hoff and guard Brandyn Benson were the heart and soul of the Panthers' club and they will be difficult to replace.

And if Career does move up to Class L because it earned enough playoff points under the current format, it won't be easy to get back to the finals. That's why you need to take advantage when the opportunity presents itself.


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