Collegiate’s boys basketball team has shown signs this season of being ready to take the control of the Prep League throne. On Tuesday night, Henry Coleman and Trinity Episcopal showed the reign would not be turned over quite so easily.

Coleman scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and assisted a late Michael Lomax 3-pointer that sealed the lead for No. 4 Trinity Episcopal (12-6) in a 56-50 victory over Collegiate (8-5). Seventeen of Coleman’s points came in the second half, including 13 in the third quarter. The junior imposed his will at all three levels on offense, picking up a Titans attack that had fallen stagnant in the first half.

In a few games [Coleman] has gotten down on himself, but tonight, he kept grinding, kept trusting his teammates and came out with a winning mentality in the third that he was going to do whatever he needed to do to win the game,” Trinity coach Rick Hamlin said.

The Titans came out of the gates hot, using an 8-0 run to take an early 5-point advantage on the visiting Cougars. In the following minutes, the offense became less fluid and shots did not fall. However a combination of a full-court trap and tight half-court man defense kept Collegiate from getting into an offensive flow as well.

“We learned a lot about ourselves in December about things we do well and things we don’t do that well,” Hamlin said. “We know that we’re better defensively when we’re in an aggressive mindset.”

Collegiate handled the Trinity pressure better in the second quarter and often used Robbie Beran as a point-forward to avoid the pressing guards. With the ball in Beran’s hands, the offense was able to run more smoothly.

Meanwhile, Trinity continued to struggle from the field, and Collegiate kept the score close. The Cougars trailed by 6 with slightly more than 4 minutes remaining in the half, but 3-pointers from Jordan Watkins and Mac Macdonald wrapped around a Beran basket cut the deficit to 27-26 at halftime.

Collegiate’s momentum continued into the second half as a Watkins 3-pointer and a Cody Patterson jumper gave Collegiate a 31-27 lead. But from there, the quarter belonged to Coleman. The forward scored from distance, in the paint, on a put-back dunk and at the free throw line to swing the lead back in the home team’s favor by the end of the period, 42-38.

The buckets slowed for Coleman in the fourth quarter, but the winning plays did not. A Robbie Beran basket and free throw cut a 5-point Trinity lead to 2 with a little more than 3 minutes left in the game. Coleman responded by finding Lomax in the corner with a skip pass over top of the defense, which the senior knocked down to seal the deal. Collegiate got no closer than 4 the rest of the way.

Coleman was the only double-figure scorer for Trinity Episcopal. Beran scored 19 points while Watkins and MacDonald each scored 11 for Collegiate.

Collegiate 11 15 12 12 — 50

Trinity Episcopal 16 11 15 14 — 56

Collegiate: Ben Melvin 0, Jackson Watkins 11, Robbie Beran 19, Quin Timmerman 0, Cody Patterson 9, Mac Macdonald 11, Quentin Toulson 0. Totals: 20 3-6 50.

Trinity Episcopal: Tyler Michael 5, Michael Lomax 5, Martin Lomax 2, Erik Prosise 7, Henry Coleman 25, Kendrick Robinson 7, Burke Smith 5. Totals: 19 14-21 56.

3-point goals — Col: Watkins 3, Macdonald 3, Patterson. TES: Mi. Lomax, Prosise, Coleman, Robinson.

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