PETER PRENDERGAST ’16 CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Trinity College Men’s Basketball team (8-13) suffered a disappointing loss at home to Bates College (9-13) this weekend. The Bantams had a strong showing, but fell to the Bobcats with a game final of 72-55. Mick Distasio ‘13 and Alexander Conoway ‘15 led the team, each scoring 12 points. The Trinity community came to support the team in their last NESCAC home game with over 300 students, faculty and other fans in attendance. Yet despite an enthusiastic and supportive student body, Trinity lost consecutively to Tufts and Bates.
The Bantams drew first, with a jump shot by Distasio less than a minute into the game and continued the first half strongly by scoring another 20 points. Conway also helped lead the Bants with seven points in the first half. Trinity concluded the first 20 minutes, trailing by 10 to the Bobcats. The squad came back strong in the second half with Mickel Simpson ’15 and Hart Gliedman ’15 scoring back to back jump shots to shrink the Bobcat’s lead to eight points. Jaquann Starks ’16 had an excellent showing, putting up six points and draining a crucial 3-point jump shot with nine minutes left to keep the Bantams in the game. Center George Papadeas ’15 also played a big role scoring eight points and logging in seven defensive rebounds and Freshman Shay Ajayi played with conviction with five rebounds and sinking a key jump shot in the first half. Steve Spirou ’15 also played well, putting up six points and 4 rebounds. Laim Langaas ’16 and Mark Richards ’16 subbed in and contributed to the team’s performance on Saturday. Trinity fought hard to compete with Bates, but ultimately fell to the Bobcats’ strong offense. Neither teams were awarded technical fouls during the game.
After a disappointing weekend for the Bantams, following losses to both Tufts and Bates, the team is looking for a chance to break out of their small slump with a win in an out-of-conference game against Purchase College (15-4) on Tuesday. Captain and lone senior Distasio is definitely looking to end his college career strong, with his last home game as a Bantam to be played this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Following Purchase, the squad will face a challenging conclusion to the season on the road. They will face Middlebury (19-1) on Feb. 8th and the Williams Purple Cows (20-2) the following day. The Bantams are looking to end their season with an 11-13 record and hopefully to finish above Bates and Colby in the NESCAC.