Euless Trinity, senior shine in national spotlight in win over Homeschool Christian

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Despite a winter storm warning in full effect throughout North Texas, Euless Trinity fans came out in droves to support their boys basketball team Thursday night as the Trojans battled with Homeschool Christian Youth Association of Houston in the first game of ESPN’s GEICO High School Basketball Showcase.

“Sleet, snow, ice, it doesn’t matter,” said Jasmine Echols, a junior at Trinity High School. “Nothing was going to stop me from rooting on my team.”

The game, carried nationally on ESPNU, featured two of the country’s top 10 prospects: Trinity’s Myles Turner, listed as the No. 2 recruit in the country and Homeschool’s Justin Jackson, a North Carolina signee.

Turner didn’t disappoint, finishing with 29 points, 15 rebounds, and nine blocked shots in the Trojans’ 57-53 win over HCYA.

Trinity improved to 9-2, and the Houston team dropped to 9-3.

The raucous student section, which remained standing for the duration of the game, saved their loudest cheer of the night for a halftime message from Trojans announcer Jason Caruso.

“Trinity fans, we have a special announcement for you; no school tomorrow!”

The students weren’t the only fans in the building. Kentucky coach John Calipari was in attendance along with scouts from a host of other schools, including Texas, Texas A&M, North Carolina and Duke.

The Trinity football team, which faces DeSoto in the state quarterfinals Saturday, also came out to root on their team.

“Myles really worked hard between his junior and senior year, and he’s really taken his game to another level,” offensive lineman Lem Galeai said. “Trinity has always been known for football but now the basketball team is turning heads, thanks to Myles.”

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