Trinity Loses to Shepherd

In the first game of their trip to California, the Trolls faced Shepherd University (Los Angeles, California). Trinity held the lead through most of the game, but let it slip away late in the second half to end with a 62-60 loss.  The team out-scored Shepherd by six points in the first half only to have Shepherd out-score them by eight points in the second half.  With the loss Trinity is now 1-4 for the season.

In the opening 10 minutes of the game the score went back and forth until an 11-to-2 run by the Trolls gave them a 25-18. Throughout the rest of the half Trinity stayed on top and by the end of the period was ahead 34-28.

The Trolls continued to maintain the lead through a large portion of the second half. With 13 minutes left the difference was nine points at 50-41. A 10-to-2 run by Shepherd over the next seven minutes cut the gap to one point and three minutes later the Thundering Herd took over the lead. In those final three minutes Trinity tried to regain the lead and was within one at 61-60 with 33 seconds left. Shepherd made the gap two when they converted one free throw. Trinity had the final possession, but their attempt fell short and they ended with the loss.

For the game Trinity shot .429 percent from the field, .333 percent from the arc, and .714 percent from the free throw line. Shepherd was .355 percent from the field, .286 percent from the three-point line, and .588 percent from the line. The Trolls gathered 43 rebounds to Shepherd’s 34. Trey Johnson led the team with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Juozas Balciunas had 14 points and Caleb Jonkman added nine. Christian Cantu ended the game with five assists and six rebounds.

The Trolls continue their play in California in a tournament at Vanguard University. They take on Vanguard on November 25 at 6 pm PST and the University of Antelope Valley on November 26 at 12 pm PST.