Five Bantams finished in double-digit scoring as the Trinity College men’s basketball program eased by the Bobcats 114-78 in Saturday afternoon’s NESCAC matchup. With its senior day victory, the Bantams improve to 15-7 (5-3 in the NESCAC) and look ahead to Friday’s away matchup at Amherst, while the Bobcats drop to 11-10 (3-5 in the NESCAC) and aim to bounce back against second-place Colby on Tuesday night.
The first half saw Bates jump ahead through outside shooting from senior Jack Spellman (Boston, Mass.), placing the Bobcats up 16-9 with just over five minutes played. Trinity cut the lead down after a step-back jumper from Bantam freshman Stephen Lora (North Providence, R.I.), and a corner arc three from junior Colin Donovan (Westborough, Mass.). Senior co-captain Kyle Padmore (Milton, Mass.) leveled the scoring for Trinity at the 10:10 mark after blowing by his defender before finishing with a right-handed layup. The Bantams secured its first lead of the game first through senior co-captain Nick Seretta’s (Greenfield, Mass.) fade-away jump shot with 7:40 to play, putting Trinity ahead 29-25. The Bantams and Bobcats would continue to trade baskets before senior Christian Porydzy (South Glastonbury, Conn.) hit a pair of threes, including one from the corner, to edge the Trinity lead to 11 with just over one minute left in the first period–their largest of the game. The Bantams would head into the halftime break ahead of the Bobcats, 51-43.
The second half of play was a different story, holding the Bobcats to just 32% from the floor. The Bantams found success inside the paint after hook shots from sophomore Donald Jorden (Tampa, Fla.) and senior Jadakis Brooks (Elmira, N.Y.) to keep Trinity in front by seven with 3:14 left. Bobcat freshman Omar Sarr (Dakar, Senegal) paced Bates with inside shots of his own, but Trinity sustained their lead through three-pointers by Porydzy and senior Joe Bell, keeping Bates down by ten with 11:30 to go. After the halfway mark in the second period, Trinity’s offense spurred a 35 to 13 run which included efficient shooting from Porydzy, Donovan, and Seretta, putting up by 33 points with under three minutes left in regulation. Trinity’s high-volume second half was more than enough, seeing a 114-78 final.
Seretta finished with a game-high 22 points, adding five rebounds and two assists. Donovan finished with 19 of his own, nine of which came from beyond the arc, to cap off a game-high five assists. Brooks and Padmore paced Trinity with 15 and 10 respectively, as well as tying each other for a game-high six rebounds. Porydzy rounded off the double-digit scorers for the Bantams, showcasing a highly-efficient 14-point game which saw the South Glastonbury native go 4-4 from three, and 5-6 from the floor. As a team, the Bantams shot 13 of 24 (54.2%) from the three-point mark while also boasting an impressive 37 of 68 (54.4%) from the floor. Also important for the Bantams was bench points; a 65 to 28 lead in the category provided Trinity with effective reinforcements for much of the second period of play. Bates’ Spellman lead the Bobcats with 20 points, five rebounds, and four assists, but was his side’s only double-digit contributor.