HULL -- A strong start for the Akron-Westfield boys faded in their 65-37 loss to Trinity Christian Tuesday.
The Westerners were on fire for the first quarter and a half, but couldn't keep up the momentum with the Tigers.
The score was 12-12 after the first quarter and 20-20 halfway through the second period.
"Then the wheels fell of," A-W boys coach Jon Harris said. "We played so well the first 12 minutes of the game and all of a sudden we got a little nonchalant and careless, going away from what was working, and it was over. That's the most disheartening part -- knowing what we are capable of yet not being able to sustain it."
The Westerners didn't score again in that second quarter. By halftime, Trinity had built a 17-point lead over the Westerners. They led 37-20.
The Tigers came back in the third quarter and outscored A-W 13-4, making the score 50-24 going into the final stanza.
A-W found the basket again in the last eight minutes, scoring 13 points, but Trinity still kept ahead with 15 more points before the final buzzer.
Trinity senior Brad Gritters led scoring with 19 points. Nathan Westra grabbed eight rebounds for the Tigers.
For the Westerners, sophomore Tavian Banks led with nine points and three assists. Nathan Sanchez and Joel Brenner each put up six points for A-W.
Chance Hoffman led the team in rebounds with five.
A-W's record is at 2-16 going into tonight's (Friday's) matchup with Remsen St. Mary's on the road.
Trinity's record improves to 11-8 overall.