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Trinity Men's Hoops Defeats Norwich To Win Another Hockenbury Tournament Title

Tyler Mola '22 had five points and seven rebounds
Tyler Mola '22 had five points and seven rebounds

Northfield, Vt. - Senior co-captain Nick Seretta (Greenfield, Mass.) had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 69-53 victory over the Norwich University Cadets in the Ed Hockenbury Men's Basketball Classic Finals this afternoon at Andrews Hall.  Trinity improves to 6-4 with its fourth Hockenbury crown in the last seven years.  The Cadets drop to 2-7.  Trinity is off for 22 days before opening its own Holiday Invitational against Regis College on Monday, December 30 at 5 p.m.  Norwich plays next against Wentworth on New Year's Eve Day at 2 p.m.

Trinity led wire-to-wire, opening up an 8-0 lead thanks to a layup by senior co-captain Kyle Padmore (Milton, Mass.) and treys by Seretta and senior guard Christian Porydzy (South Glastonbury, Conn.).  The Bantams went up by double digits at 25-15 on a basket i side by junior forward Donald Jorden (Tampa, Fla.) with 6:04 left in the first half, and a Padmore layup in the final minute gave the visitors a 30-16 advantage at the break.  The Bantams opened up leads as high as 22 points on three different occasions in the second half, including the first one at 45-23 six minutes after halftime on a put-back by senior guard Joe Bell (Manchester, N.H.). 

The Trinity defense held the Cadets to 33.3 percent shooting from the field.  Jorden joined Seretta in double figures in scoring for Trinity with 11 points to go with a game-high 10 rebounds.  Padmore notched nine points, five assists, and two steals, while sophomore guard Tyler Mola (Leominster, Mass.) grabbed seven rebounds off the bench.  Caleb Casinas had 15 points off the pine for Norwich, while Jesse Davis added 14 points, nine rebounds, and three assists, and Donovan Lewis scored 13 points.  Padmore, who had 15 points in last night's 88-67 win against Dean in the first round, was the tournament MVP and Jorden who notched 16 points and 27 rebounds last evening, also represented Trinity on the all-tournament squad.