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Young Trinity Men's Basketball Opens 2011-12 Season With Tournament Title Defense

Young Trinity Men's Basketball Opens 2011-12 Season With Tournament Title Defense

Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's basketball team, which finished the 2010-11 season with a record of 14-12, qualified for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament for the 11th consecutive year, and reached its eighth NESCAC Semifinals, will open this season defending its 2010-11 title in the Golden Bears Hoops Classic at Western New England College.  The Bantams will play Sage in the opening round on Friday, November 18 at 6 p.m.  Under the direction of Head Coach James Cosgrove (2nd Season), the Bantams should once again contend for a league title despite returning just five players from last year's squad.

Chris Applegate (High Point, N.C.) leads the team as its only senior and captain this winter.  Not only has Applegate flourished in his role as the team leader, but the 6-foot-8 center has continued to improve his offensive game to complement his solid reputation as a top-notch low-post defender and rebounder.  Applegate averaged 4.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, and nearly a blocked shot per contest last season.  Junior forward Adam Skaggs (Framingham, Mass.) has improved each season and brings a high level of energy and athleticism and a multitude of skills to the court each game.  He can rebound, defend both on the outside and in the interior, and score, and has emerged as a team leader as well.  He averaged 3.7 points and 4.9 rebounds off the bench a year ago.

Sophomore swingman Eric Dean (Gilford, N.H.) recovered from an early-season injury to enjoy a fantastic rookie year in 2010-11.  Another player with a wide range of skills, Dean averaged 9.0 ppg and 4.2 rpg while shooting 45.3 percent from long range last season.  He will continue to play several positions for the Bantams, as he can score and defend inside and out.  Junior Mick DiStasio (Cheverus, Maine), a proven scorer who can be a lethal deep threat on the wing, looks to recover from an injury-plagued sophomore campaign.  Junior point guard Cameron Sutton (Queens, N.Y.) is sold defensively with starting experience.

The remaining 13 players on the roster include 12 first-years and one sophomore transfer, but there is more than sufficient talent among the newcomers to offset the loss of three starters and five seniors lost to graduation.  Jon Seltzer (Penn Valley, Pa) is a 6-foot-4 scoring guard who will make an immediate impact for the Bantam offense, while rookie point guards Varun Ram (Clarksville, Md.) and Carter Trent (Little Rock, Ark.) each have superb playmaking and scoring ability with enough versatility to play at the same time.  Freshman shooting guards Mickel Simpson (Woburn, Mass.) and Mike O'Loughlin (Milford, N.H.) are both solid all-around players at both ends of the floor, and sophomore Len Chatfield (New York, N.Y.), a transfer from Brandeis, is a good shooter with college experience at both guard spots.  First-year forwards Taylor Rioux (Ivoryton, Conn.) and Alex Conaway (New Haven, Conn.) have each been impressive in pre-season, while centers Tom Whalen (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and George Papadeas (Athens, Greece) have displayed the ability to succeed at the college level in their first few weeks of practices.  6-foot-4 rookie Steve Spirou (Pelham, N.H.) will be a valuable asset for the Bantams due to his variety of skills a several different positions.

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