Chandler Rivers took control and scored a game-high 22 points to help lead the Trinity Baptist College Eagles to a 67-61 win over the Flames of Welch College in the finale of the 2017 GNTC Timothy J. Walthour Tournament.
Rivers was 7 for 11 from the field, including 2 for 3 from three-point range, and 6 for 8 from the free-throw line to compile his game-high total. He also had six rebounds, three on each side of the ball.
Zack Norris and Kaleb Botts each sank three three-point shots on route to 13 and 9 points, respectively, and Caleb Howard‘s three pointer made it nine over all for the Eagles behind the arc. Trinity shot 41% from the field overall, and Rivers and Marquel Perry (10 total points) combined for a 10-for-13 performance from the free-throw line to help seal the Eagles’ win.
Marcus Dixon led the Eagles with nine rebounds while also scoring four points to aid his team. Jykayle Walker added four points, and Andrew Bowman had two.
Welch’s Najee Rumph led the Flames with 16 points, and three teammates — T.J. Jones (14), Luke Charleton (12), and Newman Ward (10) — all topped the 10-point mark. Ward pulled in 10 rebounds to lead all players.
With the victory, the Eagles win the 2017 tournament held at Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome, Georgia. Trinity defeated GNTC 76-53 Friday night.
The Eagles will next play at Keiser University on Wednesday, December 12, and then break for Christmas vacation. Play resumes on January 2 when the Eagles visit NCAA Division 1 Jacksonville University at 7:00 p.m. EST.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC