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Trinity defeats D-B; Indians to meet Science Hill on Friday

TANNER COOK • Dec 27, 2018 at 1:18 AM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — “Overall, I was pretty disappointed with our energy level. I didn’t think we ever had much energy or much excitement to be here, which was pretty surprising,” Dobyns-Bennett head coach Chris Poore said after his team suffered a 60-44 setback against Trinity (Ky.) on Wednesday night inside Viking Hall at the 36th annual Arby’s Classic.

The Indians led at the half 29-28 but could not solve the Shamrocks’ zone, which held the Tribe to just 15 second half points.

“We played much better in the second half. We were focused and played harder,” Trinity coach Mike Szabo said. “We executed the offense and we took care of the basketball. We shared the ball well, too. We had 15 assists on 22 made shots. That’s pretty good.”

Charlie Browder led the Tribe with 13 points and Riamello Wadsworth had 10, but no other Indians player had more than six. Wadsworth also had 10 rebounds for a double-double.

The Tribe went a lengthy four-minute stretch in the third quarter without a bucket and were outscored 18-5 in the penultimate period.

Without Louisville signee David Johnson, the Shamrocks were led by Stan Turnier and Kolton Rice with 17 points each.

“We did a good job of throwing the ball into the post to Charlie,” Poore said. “He had a matchup against the undersized post. We just didn’t do the other things on the offensive end. It was very methodical on our part. We just shut down in the second half.”

The Indians did shoot 41 percent from the field but only made two 3-pointers, which spoke to how effective Trinity’s perimeter zone defense was. The Shamrocks forced 12 turnovers while committing only eight.

“Trinity is a very good basketball team, and we knew that going in,” Poore said. “We knew we were going to probably see that zone, and we hadn’t seen it much this year. I was disappointed in the way we didn’t attack it. We saw a lot of passing around the perimeter tonight.”

D-B will face a familiar foe on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m., when it takes on Science Hill in an elimination game. Trinity will face Carmel Christian (N.C.) in the winner’s bracket at 6:30 p.m.

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