As the lone senior starter, Anderson assuming leadership role with Trinity Catholic
Trinity Catholic’s first half against Westhill was a microcosm of their season.
The Crusaders went up 10-0 then allowed a 7-point run by the Vikings before closing the quarter up by 12.
That lead was quickly wiped away when Trinity only scored one field goal and seven points total the entire second quarter, clinging to a four-point lead at the half.
Trinity would pull away for a 61-44 win with a more consistent second half.
It is not entirely unexpected that the team is having trouble with consistency when they start three sophomores and a junior.
However, in the third quarter it was the one senior starter, Anthony Anderson, taking control of the game for Trinity, scoring eight of his team-high 13 points but more importantly, pumping the breaks for the young team when they needed to slow down.
In fact, Anderson’s most impressive play may have come with under three minutes left in the fourth quarter when a transition basket did not materialize and he pulled the ball back out to run through the offense.
Trinity coach Brian Kriftcher said Anderson is not always vocal but has begun assuming the leadership role the team so desperately needs with his actions on the court both in games and in practice.
“He’s just a genuinely good kid and a leader by nature,” Kriftcher said. “I think he saw the way it’s been done in the past and he is kind of the bridge between the old way and the current way. He’s embraced it. He is a quiet guy but he tries to encourage guys to execute the game plan. He’s been really great about instilling in the guys what we want to accomplish.”
It helps that Anderson is the only player left over from the Class S state championship team two seasons ago.
Anderson said he has learned a lot playing for Kriftcher and Mike Walsh before him but it was former Trinity point guard Pete Galgano who taught him what being a leader is all about.
“I learned about leadership from Pete Galgano. He was our leader, he left, we had to find a new leader and Contavio (Dutreil) stepped up last year and now it’s my turn,” Anderson said. “I feel a lot of responsibility being packed on me but I’m ready for it. Coach talked to me before the season about taking charge on the court and I am trying to do that. That’s what I learned from those guys the most, how to take control of a game.”
Trinity is currently 6-4 overall and 4-3 in the FCIAC with the toughest part of its schedule coming up including six of the next seven games against potential playoff teams.
Kriftcher believes his team is as good talent-wise as any team in the league but is looking for it all to come together and hopes Anderson can help the younger players with that development.
“We can beat anybody, including ourselves,” Kriftcher said. “We get a little frenetic at times but it’s not ag question of our talent level. Once we harness the talent and get everyone playing consistently together and guys understand a little more what we are trying to accomplish, we will be really good.”
If the Crusaders are to find the consistency necessary to propel them into the FCIAC playoffs, it will be Anderson called upon to lead the youngsters and it is a role he is taking seriously.
“I am always telling guys to ‘pick your head up, don’t worry about it,’ always trying to encourage everyone,” Anderson said. “I try to always be the one who picks them up. I know we are a young team and as the only senior out there sometimes, it’s my responsibility to settle things down.”