Four Eagles scored in double digits, and the TBC Eagles used an early surge laden with three-pointers to open a big lead in the first half that they would never relinquish as Trinity Baptist College defeated the Chargers of Southeastern Baptist College 78-60 Friday Night in a South Region game as part of the 2018 Eagles Tip-Off Classic.
Marquis Duncanson and Steven Branch tied for the team lead with 14 points apiece. Duncanson hit three of those three-point shots during the Eagles’ early run that saw them build a 24-point lead midway through the first half. Duncanson scored 11 of his 14 before halftime. Branch came in off the bench and immediately connected on two three-point shots of his own and then hit two more in the second half as part of his 14 total points.
Southeastern Baptist played the Eagles evenly for the remainder of the half, and Trinity took a 45-20 lead into the intermission.
Patrick Jackson scored 10 points during the prolonged first-half run, and JyKalye Walker added five in each half to tie Jackson with 10. Brandon Tucker followed with nine points while Andrew Bowman tallied eight, Rodney Robinson contributed five, and Marcus Dixon added two.
Trinity hit 14 three-point shots on the night to account for 42 of 78 total points (54%). The Eagles took only three free throws the entire game thanks to very clean play by the Charges. Trinity worked the shot clock well all night, moving the ball around to make it tough on the defense and get off high-percentage shots and wide-open three-point attempts.
For the second consecutive game, the Eagles never trailed.
Southeastern Baptist’s De’Arius Henyard scored a game-high 18 points, splitting them evenly between the two halves. Glenn Grover and Antonio Currie each followed with nine, and Alonge McClain had seven to help lead their team. The Chargers converted 17 of 25 free throws and hit two three-point shots.
The Eagles will play St. Andrews University at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday to close out the Tip-Off Classic. A home game with NAIA Ave Maria University on November 9 will follow before the Eagles hit the road for four. The road trip will include stops at three NCAA sites: Bethune Cookman on November 13, Charleston Southern University on November 19, and Campbell University on November 29. NAIA Florida College is on the schedule for November 15.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC Athletics