Late Run Falls Short as Gents Basketball Season’s Comes to Close in SCAC Tournament Quarters

Late Run Falls Short as Gents Basketball Season’s Comes to Close in SCAC Tournament Quarters

SEGUIN, Texas – The Gents Basketball team rallied from a seven-point, halftime deficit to take a lead late in the game, but the Tigers came back from four down to claim the win as third-seeded Centenary (13-13) fell to sixth-seeded Trinity (7-19) 65-63 in the Quarterfinals of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Friday night, February 22.

The Gents trailed the entire first half and most of the second until an 8-3 run gave Centenary its first lead. Down 49-45, freshman Gavin Thomas hit a three. Trinity split from the line, but Thomas answered with a layup for the seventh tie of the game. The Tigers hit two more from the line, but a Thomas three put Centenary up 53-52 with 7:47 left in the game – its first lead of the ballgame.

Later with the Gents down 56-55, freshman Ty Prince made a layup and Gavin Thomas hit a three to put Centenary up four – its largest lead of the game.

Thomas finished the game a perfect 4-for-4 from the field, including a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, for a season-high 11 points. In fact, he only had 14 points the entire season prior to tonight.

After Centenary took a four-point lead, the Tigers scored five-straight to take a lead into the final minute of the contest. Jordan Lippman drained a three and Danny Rivara made a jumper to put Trinity back up by one. Senior Treylan Matthews answered with a jumper, but Rivara hit a layup to put the Tigers back up by one with 22 seconds left.

With Trinity up two with seconds left, the Tigers missed a free throw and was called for a violation. However, Centenary's shot missed at the buzzer to close out the game.

In his final collegiate game, Matthews scored a game high 24 points. Classmate Kaharri Carter and freshman Kile Mingo added 10 points.

The Gents fell behind seven at the break when the only hit 27.8 percent (10-for-36) from the field in the first half.

Rivara paced Trinity with 20 points off the bench, while Lippman finished with 13.

This concludes the 2018-19 season for the Gents. All-Conference and the specialty awards will be announced following the two semifinal contests of the SCAC Tournament.


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