Saints hang on in Overall first round

Published 12:11 am Wednesday, February 27, 2008

CLINTON — It took a balanced scoring attack by Trinity Episcopal to overcome a big-time performance from Delta Academy’s Trent Sinquefield to defeat the Raiders 82-79 in double overtime at the MPSA Overall Tournament at Mississippi College.

“Meadowlark Lemon, Curly, and Geese Ausby would have been proud of the Saints tonight. It was a Harlem Globetrotter special,” Trinity head coach David King said. “Neither team played a defensive stance the whole night.”

Trinity Episcopal, the Class AA No. 2 seed, improved to 28-7 overall and will take on Class AAA state champion Hillcrest Christian in the quarterfinal round today at 4:30 p.m.

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“If we play like that (today) against Hillcrest, please hide the women and children,” King said. “We’ve still had a great season.”

The Saints also won despite trailing by six points at halftime, committing 26 turnovers in the game, and having two of their players — Jordan Dossett and Brandon Daggs — not play the entire first half.

Those two players came off the bench and were key in Trinity’s win. Dossett finished with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including a pair of three-pointers, and Daggs had 12 points on 5-of-9 from the field to go with three rebounds, two assists and three steals.

Andrew Johnson led the Saints with 19 rebounds, 15 rebounds and two blocks. Matthew Freeman added 13 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Parker Brumfield also scored 13 points to go with six assists.

Trinity took a 19-17 lead after one quarter of play, but Delta Academy responded with a 21-13 advantage in the second quarter. The Saints took a one-point lead at the end of the third quarter, but the Raiders force overtime with a 14-13 edge in the fourth quarter.

After the first overtime didn’t determine the outcome, Trinity won the game with a 13-10 advantage in the second overtime.

Sinquefield led Delta Academy with 32 points and 11 rebounds. Jarrod Moore added 20 points and Wesley Aldridge added 16 points.

“Everybody that wanted to score scored tonight,” King said. “I think their water boy hit a three. All in all it was a win the Overall and those don’t come easy.”