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Men's basketball falls to Trinity in season opener at Maine Maritime tourney

CASTINE, Maine -- Trinity College defeated the Bates men's basketball team 80-52 Saturday in the Maine Maritime Tip-Off Classic, as the Bantams controlled the glass and limited Bates to 22.4 percent shooting from the field.

Bates (1-0) will face the tournament host Mariners (0-1) in the consolation game Sunday at noon.

Trinity (1-0) outrebounded Bates (0-1) 56-27, including 20-8 on the offensive glass, in the Bobcats' first game without the Delpeche twins protecting the rim since 2013. Bates was held to 13-of-58 shooting from the field but made 21-of-26 free throws (.808).

Sophomore guards Jeff Spellman (Boston, Mass.) and Nick Gilpin (Hampden, Maine) scored 14 points apiece for Bates (0-1). Gilpin's six rebounds led the team. Sophomore Tom Coyne (Falmouth, Maine) struggled from the field (2-15) but led Bates with five assists and added five rebounds.

Bates kept the game close until the late part of the first half, with a 3-pointer by Spellman putting Bates three points behind at 21-18 with 7:03 to go. Eric Gendron's layup gave Trinity a 23-18 lead and began a run of 14 unanswered points, and the Bantams took a 37-20 lead into halftime.

Joe Bell and Nick Seretta scored 11 points apiece off the bench to lead the Bantams, while Eric Gendron paced the starters with 10 points, six rebounds and four assists. Connor Merinder posted nine points and nine rebounds.