Marquel Perry scored a team-high 11 points in his final game for Trinity Baptist College Saturday afternoon, and the Eagles ended the season as the 2018 Bible College NIT National Runner-Up. The Eagles won the quarterfinal and the semifinal rounds of the tournament but fell in the title game 75-54 to the Mustangs of Mid-Atlantic Christian University.
Perry was 4 for 7 from the field, including a three-pointer, in 22 minutes of action as he completed his college career on the court. He scored five of his points in the first half and six in the second. He also hit 2 of 4 free throws and had a steal, a blocked shot, and two rebounds in the game.
Perry finished his senior season with 294 total points (9.5 PPG) in 31 games. He was 52 for 86 at the line (61%) and connected on 22 three-point shots. He also had 117 rebounds, 34 steals, and 10 blocked shots.
Zack Norris tied Perry with 11 points on three three-pointers and two free throws. Norris also had six rebounds in the Eagles’ season finale. Chandler Rivers finished with 10 points, and Marquis Duncanson had six. In addition, the Eagles got points from Jylayle Walker (5), Ethan Payne (5), Marcus Dixon (4), and Jacari Randolph (2).
Mid-Atlantic’s Grayson Tejada scored the game-high total of 18 points on route to becoming the tournament MVP. Tejada also played excellent defense against the Eagles’ attack. Dixon Ogwo (14), Tyler Hendrix (10), and Alex Stanley (10) also hit double digits, and six more Mustangs contributed points in the win.
Trinity Baptist head coach and athletic director John D. Jones and the Eagles honored Mr. Patrick J. Milligan at halftime and again at a post-game dinner for Coach Milligan’s many years of service as a both a coach and a witness for Christ at Trinity Baptist College and many other places.
Coach Milligan began his service at TBC in 1995. He won four championships in the Bible College NIT, a tournament that he started himself in 2006. Even more importantly for the Glory of God, 63 of his former players — thanks in large part to his tutelage — now serve in full-time ministry.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC