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Nixed 3-pointer ends Trinity’s Arby's Classic run

Tanner Cook • Dec 29, 2018 at 11:42 PM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Trinity had entered the 36th Arby’s Classic eyeing a second championship in three years, but the team from Kentucky saw its run come to an end on Saturday.

Cardinal Newman of South Carolina beat the Shamrocks 60-58 inside Viking Hall after Kolton Rice’s 3-point shot at the buzzer was ruled no good.

Rice’s shot from the corner initially was called good, but after the referees huddled, they waved off the basket — and the Cardinals survived the late scare from the 2016 Arby’s champions.

In a video posted to Twitter, the shot appeared to leave Rice’s hands just barely after the buzzer had sounded.

Chico Carter Jr. scored a game-high 20 points and Josh Beadle added 15 for Cardinal Newman, which advanced to the fifth-place game against Mount Bethel (Ga.) on Monday at 2:30 p.m.

Stan Turnier poured in a game-high 24 points — including six 3- pointers — and Ethan Hodge scored 11, but the Shamrocks were eliminated.

Mount Bethel 59, Orem 54

Orem shot 13-for-27 from beyond the 3-point arc, but the Golden Tigers from Utah coughed up an 11-point lead after halftime and were eliminated from the tournament.

Mount Bethel — trailing 41-30 late in the third quarter — went on a huge run behind the high-flying Jordan Meka. The 6-foot-8 star scored eight points in an outburst that included three emphatic slam dunks.

Meka — who also won the slam dunk contest — finished with a game-high 22 points. Jayce Harrison contributed 17 and Stanley Eze added 12 for the Eagles.

Orem shot just two free throws in the game and was outrebounded 35-26 — 13-4 on the offensive end.

The Golden Tigers got 21 points from Taft Mitchell and 15 from Shem Johnson. Each player hit five 3- pointers.

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