A 28-5 run propelled the team to victory in the semifinal of the GNTC Walthour Tournament as the Trinity Baptist College Eagles defeated Georgia Northwestern Technical College 76-53 Friday night.
The Eagles’ big run spanned the close of the first half and the opening of the second. The first-half-ending portion saw the Eagles break a 15-15 tie to open up a 12-point lead heading into the intermission. The break in action, though, saw no break in momentum as the Eagles continued their impressive run when play resumed by scoring the second half’s first 11 points.
Five Eagles topped double digits in scoring, led by Marquel Perry with 14. Jykayle Walker and Kaleb Botts each scored 13 while Chandler Rivers followed with 11 and Zack Norris hit 10. Botts was 3 for 3 from three-point range, and Perry and Norris each connected twice from beyond the arc.
The Eagles converted nine three-point shots (43%) and shot 38% overall on the night, including 50% in the second half. Caleb Howard (5), Ethan Payne (4), and Andrew Bowman (2) also contributed points in the Eagles’ victory.
Defensively, Trinity forced 23 turnovers, which aided the offensive outbursts, including the one that started the game. Trinity scored the game’s first 11 points, but GNTC came back from that early deficit to tie the game at 15-all before Trinity’s extended run.
For GNTC, Devonte Kimball and Bryce Waters tied for the team high with eight points each. Tyler Phillips scored seven, three teammates each added six, and three more contributed points in the Bobcats’ effort.
With the win, the Eagles move into the GNTC Walthour Tournament title game versus Welch College on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. EST. Trinity will finish play before Christmas break with a game at Keiser University on Wednesday, December 12, at 7:00 p.m. Action resumes on January 2 at NCAA D-1 Jacksonville University.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC