The undefeated Godby Cougars (30-0) jumped out to an early 27-13 first quarter lead against their Melbourne-based opponents, led by junior comb guard Quan Jackson. Jackson had 10 first half points.
The Cougars forced Holy Trinity (24-9) in to quick, contested shots throughout the first half– shooting 9 of 24 from the field. Jackson contineud his hot shooting throughout the half going in to the locker room with a game-high 18 points– which included four three-pointers.
Junior DeSean Enzor had an efficient first half making four of his five shots. He would finish with 11 points. Enzor scored inside and out making both of his long range attempts in the first sixteen minutes of gameplay.
While the first half didn’t have very many bright spots for Holy Trinity, senior point guard Keoni Wallington helped spark a 9-0 run that got Holy Trinity back within single-digits.
That spark would be short-lived as Jackson hit two threes late in the half that saw the team from Tallahassee take a 42-29 lead in to the locker room.
Godby shot a scorching 58 percent from the field– including 63 percent from the perimeter.
Holy Trinity would proove to need the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost to get back in to this game in the second half. Shooting less than 38 percent from the field and just 20 percent from the perimeter seems to overshadow the excellent performance put on by Wallington.
His efforts at attacking the rim and playing with confidence throughout the second 4A semi-final game kept Holy Trinity’s fan section alive. Senior guard Julian Gardner was only the second player to reach double-digits for Holy Trinity and it didn’t happen until the 4:18 mark in the fourth quarter.
Quan Jackson’s great scoring was quieted down as he only put up five points in the second half. Despite his lack of production late, Godby’s athleticism and depth allowed them to keep pushing their lead all the way to a 70-56 win.
Jackson finished with a game-high 23 points. Senior Londell King took care of the glass and scored well inside finishing with 16 points and 12 rebounds– seven of them were offensive.
Wallington fouled out with 1:19 to go. He ended his night with a team-high 20 points. Senior guard Julian Gardner added 10 points.
Godby will face Cardinal Newman tomorrow at 1:05 p.m.