JyKayle Walker scored 20 points, just one shy of the game high, and the Eagles roared back from a 17-point deficit to get within one, but the Mingoes from the University of the Bahamas held on to win 72-65 in the final game of the 2018 Eagles Classic.
Walker scored 17 points in the first half, including two slam dunks and a three-pointer, to help the Eagles build a 10-point lead midway through, but the Bahamas came back at the end of the half thanks to Kemsy Sylvestre‘s 15 points. The Mingoes led 38-35 as the final seconds ran down, and Justin Smith hit a fade-away buzzer-beating three-pointer to give the Bahama’s a six-point lead heading into the intermission. Sylvestre totaled 21 points for the game high, and Smith finished with 11 with two three-pointers.
The Mingoes scored the second half’s first nine points to build their lead to 50-35. The lead eventually got to 55-38 before the Eagles ran off 16 consecutive points. Chandler Rivers and Marquis Duncanson led the charge as the Eagles made the score 55-54 just past the midway point. The Bahamas, though, stepped up the defense in the game’s final minutes to fend off the Eagles’ attack.
Rivers finished with 15, and Duncanson totaled 14 to follow Walker’s 20. Zack Norris scored seven for the Eagles while Marquel Perry added five and Ethan Payne and Andrew Bowman each scored two. Payne and Bowman were huge on the boards; Payne pulled in 10 rebounds, and Bowman led everyone on the court with 11. The duo teamed with Norris to block several Mingo shots while the Eagles offense scored their 16 consecutive points. Trinity out-rebounded the Bahamas 44-41.
Sylvestre and Smith were the only Mingoes in double-digits, but Ramon Dames and Romero Cornish were very close with nine each. Three more Mingoes contributed points.
The Eagles will next travel to Mobile, Alabama, to face NCAA Division 1 South Alabama on Tuesday, January 9. The Johnson University of Florida Classic will follow next weekend when Trinity plays both Grace Bible College and Randall University on Friday and Saturday, respectively, in Kissimmee, Florida.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC