Jacksonville, FL - In a thrilling game, the Warren Wilson Owls defeated Trinity Baptist College 86-70.
The Owls struck first, taking a commanding 30-13 lead. The Eagles would not be denied, as they went on a 19-9 run to cut the Owls lead to 7 going into the half.
The second half would go back and forth, with the Eagles taking a 7 point lead with just under 7 minutes left to play. The Owls would claw back, taking back the lead with just under 4 minutes remaining, and would never look back. The Owls used stifling defense down the stretch to push the lead to 16 points and seal the victory.
"This was one of the weirdest games I have coached. Being up big early, being down late, and winning by 16 points. Weird, but a win is a win. We are starting to find our stride. We still arent scoring the ball well, but when our defense meets the standard, we have the ability to score from our defense at a very high level. What won't show up on the stat sheet is how valuable our second group was today. Our first group wasn't performing and we went to that group and they answered the call. They gave us the spark of energy that we needed, got stops, knocked down big shots, and set the tone for us to finish strong. As a staff, we are pleased with the way that we finished the game. Last week, we don't have the mental toughness to win this kind of game. We showed alot of growth, and that's what we are focusing on this semester," stated head coach Anthony Barringer.
The Owls saw four players in double digits, with two of them finishing with double-doubles. Jordan Gant led all scorers with 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals. Jaquann Lockhart and Brent Davis each finished with double-doubles. Each chipped in 14 points. Davis pulled down 12 rebounds, 5 offensive, and Lockhart pulled down 10 rebounds, 6 offensive. Lockhart also dished out 5 assists. "Jaquann played like a grown man tonight. He changed so many shots and gave us second chance opportunities in the crunch. He was a huge reason that we were able to take the lead early and pull away late." Justin Storr rounded out the double-digit scorers, finishing with 12 points and 7 assists.
The Owls will look to win their fourth consecutive game as they host Newberry College on Tuesday, December 11th. The Owls look to avenge a loss earlier this season to the Wolves. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 P.M.