Biddeford, Maine - All five starters for the Bantams fnished in double-figures as the Trinity College men's basketball team defeated the University of New England Nor'easters, 106-87, to win the Hampton Inn Jim Beaudry Classic on Saturday afternoon at Harold Alfond Gymnasium. The Bantams improve to 2-0 to start the year while UNE falls to 1-2. Junior tri-captain Nick Seretta (Greenfield, Mass.) was named to the All-Tournament team while fellow junior tri-captain Kyle Padmore (Milton, Mass.) earned tournament MVP honors.
Trinity shot 44.9% from the floor in the victory while holding the Nor'easters to just a 32.9% mark from the field, including a dismal 5-for-34 clip from beyond the arc. The Bantams also forced 20 turnovers on the day as well. Padmore earned MVP honors thanks in part to his 14 point, eight rebound and six assist performance, while Seretta scored 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting while going a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.
Junior Donald Jorden Jr. (Tampa, Fla.) and senior tri-captain Connor Merinder (Andover, Mass.) eached turned in 12 points while junior guard Christian Porydzy (South Glastonbury, Conn.) finished just shy of a triple-double with 18 points, nine boards and nine assists. Porydzy also had a team-high three steals while Jorden grabbed nine rebounds. It was sophomore Colin Donovan (Westborough, Mass.) who led all scorers with 19 points off the bench for the Bantams. Trinity won the rebound battle by a staggering 58-37 advantage.
UNE was led by Jackson McCoy who scored 18 points for the tournament host's off the bench, while Avery DeBrito and Alex Kravchuk both finished in double-figures as well.
Trinity jumped out to a commanding, 49-30 halftime advantage after holding the Nor'easters to 9-for-33 from the field in the first half. Jorden led the way for the Bantams in the first 20 minutes with 12 points and nine rebounds. UNE adjusted at the half and scored 57 points in the second frame, however so did Trinity as the visitors came away with the 19-point victory which was never in doubt.