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Trinity holds off PG for first PAC-7 win

Stephanie King

It was a battle of top teams in the county as the Trinity Bulldogs and the Providence Grove patriots clashed in a PAC-7 basketball match-up on Friday. Trinity came into Friday’s game 0-1 in conference play and 8-1 on the season, while Providence Grove came in at 1-0 in PAC-7 play and 6-1 overall.

Trinity was looking to rebound from a loss against rival Wheatmore on Tuesday as Conner Stanley put the Bulldogs on the board first with a bucket in the post. Evan Taylor answered on the other for the Patriots to tie the game at 2 all. Trinity and Providence Grove would match each other bucket for bucket during the first few minutes of the first quarter. Kobe Morgan’s bucket late midway threw the quarter would tie the game at 6 all and spark an 6-0 Patriots’ run. Stanley would stop the run with a bucket for the Bulldogs as they trailed 10-8 at the end of the first quarter.

Leland Hayes was left wide open and drained the first three of the night for the Bulldogs to give them an 11-10 lead over the Patriots at the start of the second quarter. A strong drive from Taylor put the Patriots back on top at 12-11, but it would not last long as Thunder Levy knocked down a three to give the Bulldogs a 14-12 lead. Daylin Locklear found Malik Sutton streaking towards the basket and delivered a perfect pass for Sutton to score and tie the game at 14 all for Providence Grove. Trinity answered with back to back buckets from Stanley and Hayes, followed by a three-point play from Hunter Neal to put the Bulldogs on top 21-14. Cristian McCoy and Taylor scored back to back buckets for the Patriots to cut the lead to three before a jumper from Cameron Moser gave the Bulldogs a 23-18 lead at the half.

Trinity and Providence Grove would match each other basket for basket once again at the start of the third quarter, but the Bulldogs would remain in control. The Bulldogs would be leading 33-25 when the Patriots went on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to two after a three from Locklear. Trinity remained poised and calmly pushed the lead back out to four with another bucket from Stanley. A bucket from McCoy would cut the lead back to two, but Neal and Hayes scored back to back buckets to close out the quarter. Trinity led 39-33 at the end of the quarter.

The Bulldogs opened the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run to take their first double digit lead of the night. Trinity led 46-33 when Taylor scored three unanswered to cut the lead to ten for the Patriots. Midway through the quarter Neal picked the Patriots’ pocket and used a nifty spin move to score once more for the Bulldogs. After struggling offensively for most of the quarter, Locklear drained a three to cut the lead to nine for the Patriots. Trinity would outscore the Patriots 9-6 the rest of the way to pick up a 57-45 win.

Conner Stanley led the way for the Bulldogs with 17 points, while Leland Hayes added 13. Hunter Neal finished with 12 in the win. For the Patriots it was Evan Taylor leading the way with 17 points, while Daylin Locklear finished with 10. Kobe Morgan and Cristian McCoy each chipped in 6 for the Patriots.

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