A big second half from Marquis Duncanson helped the Eagles pull away, and Trinity Baptist College defeated Trinity College of Florida 68-53 in the Eagles’ first South Region game of the season.

Duncanson scored 13 of his game-high 18 points in the second half as the Eagles built a 20-point lead by connecting on two three-pointers and three two-point field goals.

Chandler Rivers scored 15, which he spread evenly throughout the two halves. His biggest bucket, however, came late in the first on an alley-oop pass from Duncanson that put the Eagles ahead 18-17. Trinity had come back from down 13-6 to tie it at 13-all midway through the half. After the alley-oop, the Eagles led the rest of the way.

Chandler Rivers completes the Alley-Oop from Marquis Duncanson.

Rivers’s first two scores were three-pointers, and he was 4 for 7 from the line.

JyKayle Walker also hit double digits with 16 points, and Marquel Perry scored nine. Zack Norris contributed four points while Marcus Dixon and Caleb Howard each added three.

The Eagles were 14 for 21 from the line and totaled 7 three-pointers on the night.

John Coleman scored 7 of the Tigers’ first 10, and he remained steady throughout the game, finishing with 17 to lead Trinity College. Jordan Stewart followed with 12, and eight of them came in the second half to help the Tigers close the gap before the Eagles pulled away at the end. Derek Owens followed with 9, and the Eagles’ defense held four other scorers to 5 points or fewer.

On Saturday, the Eagles will host Florida College in Game 2 of a women’s/men’s double-header. The ladies tip off at 4:00 p.m. EST, and the men begin at 6:00. The Eagles will then visit The Citadel¬†(Charleston, South Carolina) to take on the NCAA Division 1 Bulldogs on Tuesday, November 21. The next six games to follow are also on the road and include two more NCAA Division 1 opponents: University of North Florida (December 2) and Jacksonville University (January 2). The next home game is on January 5 versus Bob Jones University.

–Raymond Bureau, TBC