Patriots Try Comeback Against Newman, Fall Short

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After falling behind for good in the first minute of the game Saturday in Dallas against Newman (11-1, 3-0), the Dallas Baptist Patriots (5-7, 2-2) tried to make a ferocious comeback in the middle of the second half only to fall short in the end, 82-69. Nick Fox led the Patriots in scoring and rebounds with 19 points and six boards while Charles Allen (12), Jordan Kirschke (11) and Wesley Gipson (10) all added double-digit points to the cause. However, the theme of the night for the Patriots was turnovers and they could not overcome 23 Newman takeaways in the game while forcing only 12 turnovers in the forty minutes of play. Carter Trent saw his most significant action of the season with 14 minutes of play to help DBU get back in the game midway through the second half as he scored five points and recorded a steal but, in the end, #18 Newman was too much for DBU on this day.


DBU opened the match with the first two points of the afternoon on a Jonathan Perry layup, but that would be the last time they led in the game. Newman’s Marquis Cuyler connected on a three after a couple of scoreless possessions and from there, the Jets took off. A ten-point lead at the half quickly became an 18-point lead before DBU could manage a score in the second half. But once they did score, the baskets came in bunches for Blake Flickner‘s group. Down 18 with 17:50 to play in the game, the Patriots cut the lead to three after a Kirschke three-pointer at the 12:48 mark. A defensive stop led to a Trent jumper that made it a one point game and a chance for DBU to get another stop and a chance at the lead. But Newman would have none of it. A Trae Beck three pushed the lead back to four and a DBU turnover allowed the lead to move to six. Suddenly, with 10:39 left the play in the game, the lead was back at nine and with just under eight minutes to play, the Jets put the game away with another three to make it a double-digit game. The lead would remain above ten for most of the remainder of the game as the Patriots were forced to shoot from range to try to crawl back into the contest. A cold iron and solid Newman defense would see to the final deficit.

DBU will return to Heartland play on Thursday, January 10, as they travel to Austin to face St. Edward’s at 7:00 pm. The Patriot Pregame Show will begin at 6:45 pm with Brendan Smith and Reagan Ratcliff on the call. From Austin, the Patriots will head to Abilene for a Saturday afternoon matchup with Heartland newcomer, McMurry University.

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