TFC’s men’s basketball team traveled to Greenville, South Carolina, to face the North Greenville Crusaders on November 9. The Eagles (2-1) played well against the NCAA Division II Crusaders (1-0), but fell 110-79.
The Eagles began the game with good energy and focus. TFC found Billy Aristide inside early, and hit a few threes to jump to a 19-13 lead seven minutes into the game. NGU answered with a 19-3 run to take a 10-point lead. The home side maintained that lead at halftime, 46-36. TFC cut the lead to six to start the second half, but the Crusaders answered the challenge again with heavy pressure on the ball. The increased defensive pressure derailed TFC’s offense, and forced the Eagles into turnovers and poor shot selections. NGU used TFC’s errors to their advantage, and converted an 18-2 run. The change in momentum was too much for the Eagles to overcome, and TFC lost 110-79.
Coach Jason Mehl said, “I was pleased with the way we played against bigger and stronger guys. We let them go on two big runs because we made some bad decisions and gave up some offensive rebounds. Those are things we can fix in future games. I never had a reason to doubt our effort all night.”
Josh Barrett led the team in scoring with 17 points. Billy Aristide scored 15 and grabbed 13 rebounds. Freddie Harrell and Josh Johnson had 12 points each.
TFC’s first home games of the season will be played on November 13 against Bob Jones Bruins. The Lady Eagles will tip off at 5:00 and the men will follow at 7:00.