Nine different Eagles scored points — three in double-digits — and the team never trailed as the Trinity Baptist College men’s basketball team picked up its first win of the new season by defeating the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Bobcats 72-51 Friday night in the Eagles Tip-Off Classic.

Jykayle Walker led all scorers with 13 points, 11 of them coming in the second half. Walker was 4 for 6 from the line, and he added a three-pointer as part of his game-high total. Marquel Perry was second with 12 points, and Chandler Rivers, shown dunking, also hit double digits with 10. Perry tied GNTC’s Tyler Phillips for the halftime lead of eight points.

Jykayle Walker scored a game-high 13 points.

Zack Norris scored the game’s first five points, and the Eagles never trailed. Norris hit a three-pointer to open the game and connected again in the second half to get six of his nine total points. Marquis Duncanson (8), Marcus Dixon (7), Andrew Bowman (7), Cameron Chandler (3), and Kaleb Botts (3) all contributed points in the Eagles’ win.

Trinity led 35-25 at the half and then outscored GNTC 37-26 in the second to put up the game’s final score. The Eagles were consistent throughout the game with 40% shooting in each half.

GNTC’s Phillips led the Bobcats with 10 points, and Bryce Waters (9) and Kolbi Stubbs (8) followed close behind. Phillips was 2 for 5 from beyond the arc, and Waters hit 7 of 12 free throws. Justin Smith and Micah Wheeler had six points each among the Bobcats’ scoring.

Trinity will close out the Eagles Tip-Off Classic Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. by hosting the Thoroughbreds of Blue Lights College, a team playing in only its second game ever. Blue Lights fell to Florida National University in its inaugural game Friday afternoon in the Tip-Off Classic opener at Trinity.

Following Saturday’s game, the Eagles travel to Ave Maria University on November 11 before returning home for two versus South Region opponent Trinity College of Florida and the USCAA’s Florida College on November 17 and 18, respectively. The seven games that follow are all on the road between November 21 and January 2.

–Raymond Bureau, TBC