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Tavion Trimble looms large in Little Village win

03/03/2014, 11:09pm CST
By Patrick Z. McGavin

Tavion Trimble isn’t the most well-known Public League player, but he sure made his presence felt Monday, scoring 18 points in Little Village’s 57-41 regional quarterfinal win over Wells.

It is not easy getting noticed playing in the Public League Blue, unless you are Anthony Davis.

Even so, Tavion Trimble is hard to miss when watching him play.

The 6-3 wing forward from Little Village is a high-wire act. He picked a good time to take flight.

He threw down three monster dunks and sparked the Phoenix with 18 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots as Little Village utilized a 16-3 fourth-quarter run to glide past Wells 57-41 in a Class 3A St. Joseph Regional quarterfinal game Monday night in Westchester.

“Dunks are game changers in any game that you play, and I was playing how I like, attacking the rim and just doing whatever I had to do to make sure my team won,” Trimble said. “I wanted to make sure this was not my last game.”

Trimble averaged 22 points per game this season. He scored 10 of his team-best total in the second half, eight in the crucial fourth quarter as the Phoenix (9-16) broke open a tight game.

He was also instrumental at the defensive end. He made three crucial blocks that denied Wells layups and allowed the Phoenix to hold its narrow 37-35 lead to start the fourth quarter.

Trimble powered down two highlight reel dunks in the pivotal final quarter. His brother Tyquon Trimble, a left-handed sophomore who averages 10 points on the year, scored seven of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. He added eight rebounds.

“I just tried to help my brother out and hit the glass really hard,” Tyquan Trimble said. Junior guard Xavier Hicks contributed 13 points for the Phoenix.

Wells suffered through two extended scoring droughts in the second and fourth quarters that hampered its chance at the upset. The Raiders (7-11) led by as many as five in the first quarter. But Disaster struck when Wells went scoreless for more than five minutes to start the second quarter.

Junior guard Wayne George matched Tavion Trimble in personal excellence for much of the game, scoring 14 of his game-high 18 points in the first half. He showcased a strong midrange shot and ability to score in transition.

Wells went more than four minutes without scoring in the final quarter as Little Village strung together separate 8-0 runs. Senior forward Lawrence Bryant added eight points for Wells.

Little Village advances to meet top-seed and host St. Joseph on Tuesday. “They are a great team, and everything I’ve done for four years has been kind of swept under the rug, but we are going to come out hard and try to get the victory,” Tavion Trimble said.

Steal, dunk by Tavion Trimble

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