Nov 19, 2017
Castine, Maine - The Trinity College men's basketball team cruised to a 88-66 rout of Wheelock College on Sunday afternoon in the Championship game of the Maine Maritime Academy Tip-Off Tournament at Smith Gymnasium. Trinity, which defeated Bates last night, 80-52, starts the year 2-0 and returns to action on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game against Elms College in the team's home opener. Wheelock falls to 1-1 overall with the loss.
Sophomore Christian Porydzy (South Glastonbury, Conn.) splashed a three to open up the scoring for Trinity and sparked an eight-point run to put the Bantams up 8-0 in the early going. The Bantams went on to lead by as many as 26 in the first half, before taking a 49-29 lead into halftime.
The Wildcats got within 16 points in the second half but the Bantams shot over 55% from the floor over the final 20 minutes to cruise to the 22-point blowout win.
Trinity junior Jeremy Arthur (Westbury, N.Y.) ended the afternoon with 13 points and seven rebounds while four other players finished in double-digits. Fellow junior Connor Merinder (Andover, Mass.) added 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and a block while sophomore Nick Seretta (Greenfield, Mass.) finished with 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Sophomore Kyle Padmore (Milton, Mass.) and Judah Woney (Harlem, N.Y.) added 10 points each off the bench while Porydzy had a game-high five steals to lead a Bantam defense that forced 18 turnovers.
Wheelock was paced by Dejuan Rodriguez (New Brtain, Conn.) who had a game-high 16 points to go along with eight boards while Kiwane Crowder (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Brendan Miller (Tampa, Fla.) both finished with 15 points. Erick Hernandez (Tampa, Fla.) hauled in seven rebounds for Wheelock, who held a narrow edge on the glass, 43-42.
Trinity shot 50 percent from the field while holding Wheelock to a 36.4 percent shooting performance, including a dismal 16% from beyond the arc. Trinity's bench outscored the Wildcats bench, 36-9, and had nine different players register either a block or a steal.