Senior Marquel Perry played his final home game for Trinity Baptist College, and it ended in the best way for him. Trinity defeated South Region opponent Toccoa Falls College 66-59.
Perry scored six points in his home finale, and those six points were most of the team’s margin of victory. Perry hit a jump shot with 0:46 left in the first half to give Trinity a two-point lead, and the Eagles got a free throw from Marquis Duncanson just before the buzzer to take a 28-25 lead into halftime.
Perry also had five rebounds and two steals to help set up scoring opportunities for his team.
Duncanson finished as the game’s leading scorer with 22 points, 15 of them in the second half. He converted 4 of 5 free throws (3 for 3 in the second half) and broke a 56-56 tie with a field goal with 3:08 remaining in the game. He scored five points within 21 seconds midway through the second half.
Marcus Dixon put up 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting and four free throws, and Chandler Rivers added 12 points, the bulk of which came at the line (7 for 10). Ethan Payne scored two for Trinity, and Kaleb Botts converted a foul shot just before the final buzzer.
Each team came back from good-sized deficits. Trinity trailed 25-18 with 3:25 left in the first half before scoring the final 10 points heading into the intermission. Toccoa came back from down 35-25 less than five minutes into the second and eventually took the lead 49-47 on a three-pointer by Kevin Cave at the 9:09 mark. Cave hit six three-point shots overall and three of them during Toccoa’s run.
Cave finished with 21 points to lead Toccoa. Seth Stanley followed with 10, and Jordan Grayson had 8 points and 13 rebounds. Six more Screaming Eagles contributed points in the effort.
Trinity will finish the regular season with a South Region game at Johnson University of Florida Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. EST. The NCCAA Division 2 Men’s South Region Tournament will run from February 22-24 at Pensacola Christian College. Final seeding and scheduling is still undetermined as teams complete their schedules this weekend.
The Eagles are 5-3 in South Region play heading into Saturday’s game.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC