Marquis Duncanson scored 25 points in the Eagles‘ final game, and Chandler Rivers had 17 as the Trinity Baptist College played a high-scoring battle with South Region opponent Johnson University of Florida Saturday night to close out the regular season. Both teams put up season-high point totals, but Johnson came away with the 100-85 win.
Duncanson was 11 for 18 (61%) from the field, including a three-pointer, and 2 for 3 at the line to compile his team-high 25 points. The Eagles shot 46.5 % on the night and hit five three-point shots overall.
Rivers had two of those five threes, three more field goals, and five successful free throws in seven attempts. Andrew Bowman scored a season-high 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field and 1-for-1 at the line. Bowman also led everyone on the court with 15 rebounds.
Zack Norris and Jykayle Walker each had nine points, Marcus Dixon scored five, Anthony Severain hit a three-pointer, Jacari Randolph had two, and Marquel Perry and Ethan Payne each hit a free throw in the Eagles’ last tune-up before the playoffs.
“It’s tough to play a road game the day after a big home win,” said Eagles head coach John D. Jones, “especially when the opponent is playing on seven days of rest. It looked like the NBA All-Star game out there because there was no defense being played, so we didn’t get the outcome we were competing for.”
Coach Jones continued: “There is a lot of basketball left, and our team will respond. We will be the #2 seed in the Region Tournament, and our goals are ALL still attainable.”
Johnson University’s Jemeke Smith had the game’s highest point total, 28. He sank 5 of 9 three-point attempts, 9 of 17 shots overall, and all five foul shots. Marquis Smith (20), Phil LeGrier (19), Kendall Oliver (14), and Jon Baker (12) all hit double figures in scoring. Johnson connected on 27 of 31 free-throw attempts (87%) and 11 of 26 (42%) three-point attempts overall on the night. LeGrier alone was a perfect 10 for 10 from the line.
The regular season has ended, and the South Region tournament begins on Thursday, February 22 at Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, FL. The final seeding and tournament schedule should come out early in the week. Trinity is 5-4 in South Region play.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC