Bishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.)
rolled past Benedictine (Richmond, Va.) 85-75 to win the championship in the 53rd annual Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament on Saturday at Frostburg State University.
Junior guard Romelo Trimble
earned MVP honors with 34 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Knights, who posted a 34-5 record this year. Trimble, who exploded for 17 points in the first quarter, shot 11-for-16 from the field and 7-for-9 from the free throw line. He has committed to the University of Maryland.
O'Connell coach Joe Wootten told the Cumberland Times-News, "To all the Maryland fans. I know you want him next year. But I'm glad you're not getting him next year. He's a tremendous player and I'm so proud of him. I'm proud of this whole team."
Benedictine coach Robert Churchwell added, "Melo Trimble is a fantastic player and he was on fire tonight. The whole team was pretty much on fire ... they didn't miss much."
In fact, the Knights shot 70.7 percent (29-41) - just missing the tourney record - but they did set a tourney record for three games with a blistering 63.5 percent on 75 of 118.
Six-foot-seven sophomore Leroy Butts
added 21 points to the O'Connell attack and 6-7 senior Junior Etou
Benedictine's Nick Coppola
was named Most Outstanding Player after scoring 22 points and handing out six assists.
O'Connell defeated nationally-ranked La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) 65-60 in the semifinals as Trimble scored 28 points and Etou grabbed 15 rebounds.