With a 17-4 overall record and 6-2 region mark that puts them in second place in 6AAA; the Titans have already surpassed their win total of a year ago –when they went 15-11. Since a 3-2 start, Blessed Trinity has been on a roll with 14 wins in its last 16 games.
“We’re really improving each week,” Blessed Trinity coach Brian Marks said. “We were 3-2 at one point this season and the guys have been putting in the time and working real hard from the beginning of the season and to see that progress makes me look at what we looked like in our games back in November versus here in January – we’re making great strides.”
Blessed Trinity has benefitted from a deep roster, with several players making key contributions.
“I think a lot of it is just different guys stepping up on different nights,” Marks said. “We’re not a team that relies on just one or two guys. We’ve got a lot of role players who have stepped up and have had good nights themselves. It just seems like we have collectively come together as a unit and bought into what we’re doing.”
Defense has been another crucial element in Blessed Trinity’s success, with the Titans giving up only 44 points a game so far this season.
“Playing strong defense has been the key,” Marks said. “It has been kind of our calling card for years and just being patient on offense and just getting the best opportunities. This group has understood that and has bought into that as the year has gone on and we’ve combined that hard work and playing a little bit smarter and so far, it’s worked out. But, we still a long way to go.”
Blessed Trinity features a veteran-laden roster, featuring six seniors and four juniors.
“This is a very senior-oriented team, so experience has been a big key for us,” Marks said. “We’ve been a work in progress for about a year and a half. We’ve made big improvements from November to January, but we’ve made even bigger improvements from last year to January and that’s been a part of it. Some of these guys have been with me for over 40 games. I think that really helps, because they’ve started to understand our system and what we’re doing here.”
Senior Connor O’Neill, a 6-foot-5-inch power forward, leads the team in scoring with about 13 points a game, while 6-0 senior guard Patrick Lamar has provided plenty of scoring as well with 12 points per contest. Also contributing offensively is 6-0 senior guard Garrett Michael, the team’s third-leading scorer and top 3-point shooter.
While Blessed Trinity appears to be a strong bet to earn its first state tournament berth since 2010 – when it advanced to the Sweet 16 in Class AA – Marks is more focused on navigating through a challenging Region 6AAA that includes state powerhouses like St. Pius X and Woodward – both AAA quarterfinalists from a year ago.
“We have a tough region, so we have some very tough games coming up here on the schedule,” Marks said. “I feel very fortunate that we’ve won as many as we have.”