Trojans men’s basketball has another successful season, looks to CCAC Tournament
Trinity CommunicationsFebruary 18, 2018
Earning the no. 3 seed in a 21–9 season, Trinity’s men’s basketball team maintains their fourth Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) tournament participation streak, facing St. Xavier University at home on Wed., Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
This year also marks the Trojans’ third consecutive season winning more than 20 games in a single season, the first time since the mid-1990s.
The regular season started strong. with the Trojans gaining an average of 89.5 points every game. Key players included junior guards Jeremy and Greg Carlyle, O’Shae Williams, and Tyrone Carey, who all averaged 15 points per game.
During the season, the Trojans took part in a number of smaller tournaments, including the Trojan Classic, Vanguard University Thanksgiving Classic, and the Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Tournament, where the Trojans won the Championship match.
“One of my favorite moments of this season is in the beginning . . . when we went to Huntington, Ind. and won a tournament at Huntington University,” Greg Carlyle said. “It showed our toughness as a team being able to win two games back-to-back against tough teams.”
A number of individual achievements were made by Trojans players this season as well. Williams was named to the Bevo Francis Award Top 100 Watch List in mid-Jan., and Jeremy Carlyle reached one thousand career points after a Trojan win against Calumet St. Joseph.
Currently, the team is receiving votes (RV) for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Top 25 Poll, and the next poll will come out this Tuesday, Feb. 20. Over the course of the season, the Trojans dropped from their eight-place pre-season ranking and came back up again with the most recent poll on Feb. 6.
Prior to this past Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Trojans were on a seven-game winning streak. Despite this streak being broken, however, the team still aspires to do well in the CCAC conference tournament.
“Moving into the conference tournament I feel confident at where we are as a team,” Greg Carlyle said. “We’re starting to play our best basketball and this is the perfect time to be doing it . . . if we continue to play our game our way, we will have a very successful post season.”