Kaleb Botts scored a team-high 13 points, and nine more Eagles got on the board as Trinity Baptist College defeated Blue Lights College 69-52 Saturday afternoon to cap the Eagles Tip-Off Classic.

Botts was 4 for 7 overall from the field and 3 for 4 behind the arc; he also sank both free throw attempts to compile his 13 points. The Eagles spread the scoring around as Marquel Perry followed Botts with 10 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Perry also pulled down seven rebounds to give his team more scoring opportunities.

Marquis Duncanson, Marcus Dixon, and Chandler Rivers score nine, eight, and eight, respectively, while Zack Norris (7), Terry Byrd (6), Andrew Bowman (4), Jykayle Walker (3), and Anthony Siverian (1) all contributed points in the win.

Blue Lights College is a brand new school specializing in police work and law enforcement. The college opened in August of this year in Apex, North Carolina.

The Eagles built big leads in each half, and Coach Jones credits Blue Lights — playing in only its second game ever — with fighting hard and making solid runs after falling behind. Jorge Garcia scored 20 points to lead everyone on the court, and Dominique Hunter had 12 to lead the Thoroughbreds. Six teammates also added points in the effort.

The Eagles won both their games of the Tip-Off Classic as they also defeated Georgia Northwest Technical Institute Friday night. Head coach John D. Jones discussed his young team’s progress and the work the Eagles have in front of them:

Obviously we are happy to get two quality wins this weekend,” he said. “Georgia NW Tech and Blue Lights College are both solid, well-coached teams who compete! So this was a good test for us.

Through three games this season, it is clearly evident that we are a very young team with a lot of room for improvement. But I love how hard this team plays. It’s a fun group to coach because they listen and they play for each other, especially defensively and on the glass. Now we just need to work on reducing our number of turnovers.

The Eagles will play at Ave Maria University on Tuesday, November 14 and then return home for the next two: Trinity College of Florida (November 17) and Florida College (November 18). Trinity College of Florida is the Eagles’ first South Region opponent of the season.

–Raymond Bureau, TBC