Sports: Bosco Basketball Knocks Off The “Team In Red” On The Road In Historic Trinity League Victory
By Brett Baligad, Senior Editor, & Isaac Mays, Sports Editor
After a blowout win against Servite High School, Bosco Basketball managed to hold on to a late game thriller in Santa Ana against the “Team In Red,” giving them a share of the top spot in the Trinity League. The victory marked the first time the Braves knocked off the “Team in Red” on their home floor and the first time the “Team in Red” has lost a league home game since 1998.
Last Friday, the Braves hit the road to Orange County to face Trinity League rival, the “Team In Red.” The much anticipated matchup featured at the time a 15-3 Braves squad coming off two commanding wins against Servite High School and San Ysidro High School. Mater Dei came into the matchup with a 13-2 record and a six game winning streak.
The Braves and the Monarchs have a notorious rivalry across all boys high school sports. The last time the Braves beat the “Team In Red” this year was at the Rose Bowl in the CIF-SS Football Championship, 24-22. With that in mind, the Braves basketball team have had their rivalry matchup circled on their calendars for months.
“We’ve been thinking about that game all year,” said sophomore guard Elzie Harrington. “Everything we did leading up to that game, we just told ourselves that we could beat them, and we thought that it would be an upset if we lost.”
Early on in the game, the Braves found themselves trading buckets to keep themselves competitive. It would be sophomore Kade Bonam’s 11-point first quarter coupled by three shots behind the arc that would help push the Braves to a 19-19 first quarter. Bonam stands at 6’ 7” and weighs in at 205 pounds, and with a high level of post work, Bonam confidently uses his frame to dominate the interior.
With zero points coming off the bench during the entirety of the game, the Braves would begin to slow down heading into halftime. Paired with an impressive 13 point quarter from the home team’s freshman Luke Barnett, the Braves found themselves trailing 30-37 heading into the locker room at the half.
“It’s hard playing at Mater Dei. it’s like everything is against you there with their home court advantage. You’re going to get a slow spurt in the game, but we stuck together and got through it,” said junior guard and Loyola University of Chicago commit Jack Turner.
With the leadership of Head Coach Matt Dunn and the support of sophomore Elzie Harrington’s 14-point second half, the Braves forced a late 63-57 lead. Harrington’s ability to get teammates involved once again demonstrated leadership to show why he deserves the number one ranking in California and twelfth in the nation for the class of 2025.
“I’ve been trying to find different ways to contribute. We have people that can score. So yes, I want to shoot, but I know I can get rebounds and can I assist my teammates,” said Elzie Harrington.
Through a few late misses by the Braves and a plethora of free throws by the “Team In Red”, the home team went on a run to push the game to 63-63 down the stretch. It would be a knockdown jumper by Harrington and late game free throws by Turner, who scored 15 points in the game, resulting in the Braves taking the 67-64 final score. Even with two solid late game looks by the “Team In Red,” the Braves defense stood tall to hold off their greatest rival.
“At the end of the game, the team got the ball in my hands to shoot the free throws. They had confidence in me, and I had confidence in myself, so I just knocked them down,” said Turner.
Last Friday’s historic win gave Bosco co-ownership for the top spot of the Trinity League with Santa Margarita. The Brave’s matchup against Santa Margarita is slated for next Wednesday in the Thunderdome at 7:30 pm.
“I think we can go undefeated in the league because we won that game at Mater Dei by 3 and we didn’t even play the best we could,” said senior guard and captain Delyle Williams. “We had a lot of mistakes that we made and if we just cleaned those up I feel like we could beat anyone”.