Another Close Loss

For the second game in a row the Trolls suffered a 2-point loss in their play in California. This defeat came in the first game of a tournament hosted by Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, California).  Against the host school, Trinity made up a 16 point difference late in the game only to lose 74-72 in the final seconds. The team is now 1-5 for the season.

Through most of the first half the Trolls trailed by a handful of points. With six minutes left in the period they were down by seven points, but over the next minute the gap increased to 13 points. By the half the difference was 11 at 38-27.

The Trolls continued to trail by double digits in the first 10 minutes of the second half and at the midway point of the period Trinity was behind by 16 at 56-40. With six minutes left and still down by 16 points, the team went on a 10-0 run to pull to within six at 67-61. Seven of those points were scored on the free throw line, including five made throws by Juozas Balciunas.

Trinity continued to rally and, on a three-pointer by Jordan Perry with 13 seconds left, they had tied the score at 72-72. Put on the line, Vanguard hit two free throws in the final seconds to snatch the win.

For the game the Trolls shot .417 percent from the field, .250 percent from the arc, and .810 percent from the line. The Lions were .448 percent in field goals, including .346 percent in three –pointers, and were .684 percent in free throws. Vanguard controlled the boards with 41 to the Trinity’s 24.  Perry and Myles Birgans each had 20 points and Balciunas had 16. Ben Brinks was the high rebounder with eight.

The Trolls will continue play in the Vanguard Tournament on Saturday with a 12 pm PST game against the University of Antelope Valley.