Trinity falls to Jac-Cen-Del


Jac-Cen-Del used an 8-0 run early in the second period and a 7-0 run late in the second quarter to open up a 12-point halftime lead on Trinity Lutheran’s boys and went home with a 58-50 win from the Bollinger Athletic Complex Saturday night.

Cougars coach Brad Dickey said while the second period hurt his team, he felt like his team should have had more than an 11-8 lead going into the second period.

“Our early turnovers were unfortunate because they actually turned it over some early, too,” he said. “Instead of building up some lead to guard against that shooting, we kind of fell into the turnover game for a minute.”

Both teams had empty trips up and down the floor during the first two minutes of the game as neither team scored until Caleb Williams’ 3-pointer gave Trinity a 3-0 lead at 5:55 of the first period.

JCD had four turnovers in the first period and Trinity had three.

Trinity finished the period strong as Sage Broughton and Jacob Conrad had baskets in the final minute to put Trinity up 11-8 going into the second quarter.

The Eagles then used a pair of 3-pointers to take a 16-14 lead.

Mitchell Hackman was a one-man scoring machine for Trinity in the second period, scoring nine of Trinity’s 10 points in the quarter.

The Eagles made five 3s, all from different players in the second quarter, and outscored Trinity 24-10 to lead 32-21 at the half.

“They’re a really good shooting team,” Dickey said about the Eagles, who had nine 3s among their 17 field goals and shot 17-for-41 from the floor, while the Cougars made 17 of 47.

“They’re very talented. They had a lot of good spots,” Dickey said.

Trinity outrebounded JCD 28-25 with Conrad pulling down 12 for the Cougars.

JCD held a 43-30 lead going into the fourth period and used a 9-2 run midway through the period to go on top 54-35 before Trinity scored 10 straight points late.

Hackman topped the Cougars (7-10) with 26 points, while Wyatt Day scored 22 for the Eagles.

Dickey said, “We got good minutes out of Levi Pottschmidt and Eli Ballard. That was fun for Levi in the second half, and Eli has had a couple games in a row where he was able to help. Mitchell got free and got some points, and Jacob Conrad got his feet under him and is playing better and helping his teammates.”

Trinity will travel to Greenwood Christian Thursday night and will host Austin Saturday afternoon.

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