Warriors hand Trinity first loss of season

Stephanie King

A pair of rivals met on Tuesday as the Trinity Bulldogs traveled to Wheatmore for a PAC-7 conference basketball match-up. Trinity came into Tuesday’s game a perfect 8-0 on the season, while the Warriors were 6-1.

Matt Owens put the Warriors on the board first after making a trip to the free throw line. He made one of two to give the Warriors a 1-0. Cameron Moser countered on the end with a three attempt, but was fouled in the act of shooting by Corey Hudgins. Moser knocked down all three free throws to put the Bulldogs in front 3-1. It was raining threes early in this one as Owens drained a three from the left corner to give the lead back to Wheatmore. After a stop on the other end, Gavin Rains pulled up for a three and drained it. Hunter Neal responded on the other end for the Bulldogs with a three from the left elbow to cut the lead to 7-6. Rains received a pass from Owens and knocked down a long two to push the lead back to three. Leland Hayes drained his first three to tie the game at 9 all. Wheatmore closed out the quarter on a 4-0 run to lead 14-9.

Hudgins extended the Warriors lead to 17-9 at the start of the second with a three-ball. He then dished a pass to Rains who scored two more for the Warriors. Hayes put up a circus shot on the other end to cut the lead to 19-11 midway through the quarter. Wheatmore continued to shoot the ball well from behind the arc as Rains drained another three to put the Warriors in front 22-11. The Bulldogs would trail 24-11 when Neal drained his second three with about twenty seconds left in the half. Wheatmore led 24-14 at halftime.

It was all Trinity in the third quarter as the Bulldogs held the Warriors to just two points. Wheatmore would score the first bucket of the quarter and then go cold. Connor Stanley went on a personal 6-0 run to bring the Bulldogs back within six. Stanley scored on a pair of free throws and back to back buckets. Neal pulled Trinity back within three with a three-ball from the right elbow. He would then knock down a pair of free throws as the Bulldogs trailed 26-25 at the end of the third quarter.

Trinity took their first lead since the first quarter at the start of the fourth. Tyler Hammonds knocked down a jumper to put the Bulldogs in front 27-16 before a free throw from Austin Biggs tied the game at 27 all. Hudgins continued his aggressive play and picked up three points the old-fashioned way. A drive from Hayes would cut the lead to 30-29, but the Warriors answered with a 5-0 run for a 35-29 lead. Wheatmore would take several trips to the free throw line and ended up outscoring the Bulldogs 10-2 during the final minutes. Wheatmore picked up a 45-31 win.

Gavin Rains led the Warriors with 19 points, while Austin Biggs and Corey Hudgins each finished with 10. Hunter Neal paced the Bulldogs with 11, while Leland Hayes chipped in 7. Connor Stanley finished with 6.

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