February 8th, 2019

Trinity holds off Lafayette, 53-47

Staff Report


Trinity holds off Lafayette, 53-47
Trinity defeated Lafayette 53-47/ photo by Nate Bryan

By Nate Bryan

Trinity had to get defensive Friday night in its regular-season home finale.

The host Shamrocks turned 19 Lafayette turnovers into 22 second-chance points as they fended off the Generals, 53-47.

Louisville-bound senior forward David Johnson had 14 points for Trinity. He scored the Shamrocks' first six points, but didn't score again until the fourth quarter. His late points were valuable, though, as he made two 3-pointers before adding a final-minute slam off the Generals' last turnover of the night.

Georgia-bound senior guard Stan Turnier also had 14 points for the Shamrocks. He scored seven unanswered points in less than 90 seconds to give Trinity a 41-37 lead with 6:02 left in the game"We were in our pressure defense and everyone was playing harder and I just fed off that," Turnier said.

Trinity, which trailed by seven points in the final 13 minutes, turned it over just four times -- twice in each half. That led to just six points off turnovers for the Generals (17-10), who lost despite shooting 66.7 percent (10 of 15) from the field after halftime and outrebounding the Shamrocks, 27-21.

"We did a pretty good job of limiting their offensive rebounds and we took care of the ball," said Trinity coach Mike Szabo.

 It was the first game for Trinity (20-7) since suffering a 77-74 loss to Male in triple overtime Saturday.

 "We had a good week of practice. I thought we came out a little sluggish, but give a lot of credit to Lafayette because I thought they played hard and played well," Szabo said.

Forward Jamil Hardaway approached a double-double (10 points, game-high eight rebounds) for Trinity, while guard Ethan Hodge came off the bench to add seven points for the Shamrocks.

"We came in here trying to bounce back and get a win and I think we kind of stressed a little too much," Hodge said. "But that forced some bad shots and led to just not playing our game."

Lafayette post Ray Suratt scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed a team-best seven rebounds. Javen Hardin added 11 points for the Generals, while Daniel Kinley had eight points.

 

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