EXETER - Trinity of Manchester center Wenyin Gabriel picked up three fouls in the first half of Saturday night's game against Exeter and didn't play in the third quarter. He certainly looked fresh in the fourth.
Gabriel scored 15 of his game-high 24 points in the final eight minutes to propel Trinity to a 70-58 victory.
"In the fourth quarter he came out gangbusters," Trinity coach Dave Keefe said. "All the credit goes to him. He knocked down his free throws and hit the offensive glass."
It was a 42-42 game until Trinity's Carmen Giampetruzzi hit a 3-pointer with 2:22 left in the third. That was the start of a 17-4 run that allowed the Pioneers to take control.Giampetruzzi finished with 19 points.
"I love it when the ball is in Carmen Giampetruzzzi's hands," Keefe said. "Good things happen. He's a winner."
Trinity raised its Division I record to 2-0. Exeter fell to 2-1.
Max Medley, a 6-foot-6 center, led Exeter with 15 points. The Blue Hawks received 14 from Joe Scheidler, 12 from Jordan Dickenson and 11 from Zack Holler.
"We had too many lapses defensively," Exeter coach Jeff Holmes said. "One of our weaknesses against really good teams has been rebounding. It's something we have to work on. They got the best of us on the offensive glass tonight.
"To beat a team like this we have to play for a full 32 minutes. We didn't have a great fourth quarter."
Both teams competed in the Queen City Invitational Basketball Tournament. Central beat Exeter in the tournament's championship game, and Trinity defeated Merrimack in the consolation game.
Trinity led 13-10 after one quarter and 28-22 at halftime. Trinity's first-half lead peaked at 12, 24-12, with four minutes remaining in the second quarter.
It was 48-42 entering the fourth, and Trinity matched its largest lead of the game when Giampetruzzi hit a 3-pointer with 5:15 to play.
"Very proud of these kids," Keefe said. "They got a nice win on the road against what I think will be a top-four team when it's all said and done."