Sophomore Ian Caddow picked the right time to have a career game.
Caddow tied a school record with 37 points as the Trinity Classical Academy Knights became just the second boys basketball team in Santa Clarita Valley history to bring home a CIF championship plaque with a 77-52 win over Desert Chapel Saturday in the Division 6 final at Godinez High School in Santa Ana.
Caddow was 15 of 19 in the game (79%), including 5 of 7 from behind the 3-point arc.
“The past couple games I was a little in my head, just thinking about it too much and not playing my game,” Caddow said.
Michael Mateo added 13 points and Ryan Brooks scored 11 to go along with 10 rebounds and four assists.
“In just four years to be able to do this in our small pond that we play in is great,” said head coach John Brooks.
The Eagles (23-5) jumped out to a 12-8 lead in the first quarter before the Caddow Show began. The sophomore, whose previous career-high was 17 points scored against Oakwood earlier this year, dropped a trio of threes to close the quarter with the Knights (18-8) leading 24-16.
As a team the Knights shot 45% from the field and 35% from behind the arc. They made 19 of 33 free throws.
A great moment came in the closing moments of the game and the victory already determined. Brooks and his assistant coach Jeremy Haggerty put Beau Howell into the game. Beau has developmental delays and is a special needs student, but he also a big part of the Knights and serves primarily as the team’s manager.
The hope by the coaches was he could score a basket. He has appeared in eight games and taken 10 shots, but has never scored.
When Desert Chapel head coach Alfonso Alvarez saw what the Knights were hoping to do for Beau, he called a timeout and instructed his players to let Beau have his shot.
Beau was actually led to the basket by Desert Chapel’s Tanner Alvarez, son of the Eagle’s head coach. Beau made his shot, was officially credited with two points, and every person in the gym, from both teams, stood and cheered.
“We were honored,” Alvarez said after the game about the decision to help Beau score. “We felt it in our hearts. That’s what we are all about. So…”
The head coach broke down into tears and could only nod a moment before he added…
“What’s special is this,” and he touched his heart.
“The big moment for me was Beau hitting that shot at the end,” said Caddow. “Beau is the lifeline of our team, the very core of our team. That was the best moment for me.”
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