Trolls Fall Shy of Victory

The beginning of the season has not been kind to the Trolls as they come up short in other close game.  For their home opener they hosted Siena Heights University (Adrian, Michigan) in front a Fall Fest crowd. Trinity had a five point lead at the half and was on top for a good portion of the second period.  Coming down to the final possessions, the Trolls gave up the lead and were beat on a free throw in the final second.  The team is 0-2 at the start of their season.

Despite turning the ball over 17 teams in the first period, the Trolls were able to stay in the game behind a .542 field goal percentage.  The score was tied five times in the period with the last deadlock at 24-24 with less than four minutes to play. Those final minutes belonged to Trinity and by the intermission they were up by five points at 33-28.

The Trolls continued to control the scoreboard through the first 10 minutes of the second period.  With 9:50 left Siena Heights tied the game at 50-50 and for the next five minutes the teams were not separated by more than two points.

With less than three minutes to play the Trolls had a four point lead at 67-63, but that gap dwindled to one point with a minute left. Trinity got back on top by three, 73-70, on a jumper by Ben Brinks with 38 seconds left. The Saints nailed a three-pointer to tie the game with six tocks remaining on the clock. The Trolls turned the ball away over and then committed a foul in the final seconds which allowed Siena Heights to go to the line where they made the second of two free throws to hand the Trolls the loss.

For the game Trinity ended with a .519 field goal percentage and .435 three-point percentage. The Trolls were 9-of-12 from the line and Siena Heights was 19-of-26 from the charity stripe. Jordan Perry led the team with 19 points and Myles Birgans had 15. Juozas Balciunas added 11 points and six rebounds.  Caleb Jonkman handed out eight assists.

The Trolls’ next contest is the start of their conference schedule with a game at Cardinal Stritch University at 7:30 pm on November 11.