Trolls Edge Out Lakers

A home conference game with Roosevelt University (Chicago, Illinois) proved to be an exciting battle that came down to the wire. Trinity was in a five point deficit at the half, but took over the lead late in the second half and held on for the 61-59 win. With the victory the team is 4-9 overall and 2-5 in the CCAC as they head into a break for Christmas.

The Trolls were on the top of the scoreboard by a few points for the majority of the first 12 minutes of the game. Roosevelt used a 9-to-2 run to take over the top spot. With two minutes left in the half the Lakers were up by eight, but treys by Zack Austell and Jouzas Balciunas helped the Trolls cut the difference to five, 34-29, at the break.

Roosevelt continued to lead in the second half and held a seven point advantage at 43-36. The Trolls scored the next eight points to erase that difference and take the lead. Roosevelt went back on top, but once again the Trinity rallied with a seven point run to go ahead by six with three minutes left.

With 1:17 to play the Trolls’ lead was five points, but was quickly cut to two on a three-pointer by Roosevelt. The Lakers got even closer on a free throw with eight seconds left. They missed the game-tying throw and Jordan Perry collected the rebounded and was fouled. Perry hit one of his bonus shots to put the Trolls up by two at 61-59. The Lakers had six seconds left to score, but their final attempt fell short.

For the game Trinity shot .462 from the field, .333 percent from the arc, and .667 percent from the line. Roosevelt, who was .500 percent at the half, ended with a .382 field goal percentage. The Trolls had 31 rebounds and the Lakers had 35. Perry led the team with 21 points and eight rebounds. Jouzas Balciunas had 17 points and Zack Austell added 10. Austell, Myles Birgans, and Caleb Jonkman each had five rebounds.

The Trolls play again on December 31 in a home contest with Indiana University-Northwest at 3 pm.