Trinity Academy Raleigh went on the road to Wilson, NC for a non-conference matchup with Greenfield School that would need DOUBLE OVERTIME to decide a winner. Take a look at the recap/standouts. It looked like the Tigers would run away…
Trinity Academy Raleigh went on the road to Wilson, NC for a non-conference matchup with Greenfield School that would need DOUBLE OVERTIME to decide a winner. Take a look at the recap/standouts.
It looked like the Tigers would run away with things in the early going as they jumped out to an early 9-2 lead with just 3:06 remaining in the first quarter, but Greenfield School would hang around thanks to their ability to get to the free-throw line. After 1, Trinity Academy Raleigh led 12-6.
Greenfield would bring things within a point with 5:11 remaining in the second quarter, 16-15, following a nice feed and finish fromto . With 2:33 left in the half, TAR held onto a 22-20 lead thanks to a mid-range pull-up from . The Knights jumped out to a quick 27-26 lead following a layup plus the foul for with less than a minute left in the half. Vanderhorst connected with on a 3-pointer as time expired to take a 29-27 lead into the half.
In the second half, Greenfield School jumped out to a quick 41-32 lead with 4:16 left thanks to a 14-5 run to start the third quarter. With 3 minutes remaining in the third, Greenfield led 43-34. After 3, the Knights led 45-39 before things would get interesting in the fourth quarter.
Greenfield led 49-44 with 3:31 remaining in the game before things would turn in the Tigers’ favor. Vanderhorst would knock down a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to make it 49-47. TAR would buckle down on defense and force a turnover but were unable to convert on free throws, trailing by two points still with 2:22 remaining.
Free throws fromwould make it 51-47, but Vanderhorst would answer once again on the offensive end to make it 51-49 with 1:18 remaining in regulation. Two more free throws from Kirby would make it 53-49 with 1:01 remaining.
Still down four, Vanderhorst foundin the corner to make it 55-54 with 30 seconds left in regulation. With 3.8 seconds left, it looked like Greenfield had the win in the bag, 56-54, but a turnover on the ensuing inbound would let to a Vanderhorst layup plus the foul to make it 56 with no time on the clock, but Vanderhorst would go on to miss the potential game-winning free throw.
In overtime, TAR held all the momentum until a 3-pointer from Kirby would make it 62-60 with 31.9 seconds left.would go coast-to-coast to tie things up at 62 and Greenfield would be unable to score on the following possession with 8.3 seconds left to send things to a second overtime.
In the second overtime, Greenfield took over as they outscored the Tigers 16-3 in the second frame of extra time led by the playmaking of Kirby and the finishing ability of Jack Adair. In the end, the Knights took home the 81-65 victory.
Kirby stepped up in a big way, especially in the overtime periods for the Knights to lift them to victory in the end. He finished with 31 points and six assists while showing he could play physical on both ends of the floor and set a tone with his presence around the basketball for Greenfield. He’s a prospect that continues to grow in the 2022-23 season.
Atkinson was another impressive face in the Greenfield rotation. He finished behind Kirby in scoring with 17 points, showing off his ability to knock down the 3-ball and create off the bounce in space when needed. He’s an unsigned senior point guard to keep eyes on with this group.
Vanderhorst had a solid all-around game, finishing with 27 points, four rebounds and four assists to lead the TAR backcourt. He showed he could knock down shots on the perimeter and get to his spots off the bounce without issue. He’ll need to show more aggression on the defensive end in terms of getting stops and converting turnovers into points on offense.
Barrett stepped up in the backcourt, despite fouling out before the final result. He finished with 14 points, showing he could knock down shots on the perimeter and finish in traffic when working through their offense. He’s another unsigned senior guard in the Raleigh area for DII programs to get eyes on.
Bye stepped up on the wing for the Tigers within and out of foul trouble. He finished with 11 points and knocked down a big 3-pointer to bring things within 1 in regulation to fuel their comeback. He continues to impress with his development as a rebounder and perimeter threat in the backcourt.