Trolls Beat by Jaguars

The new year has not been kind to the Trolls as they suffered their second loss this week. This latest defeat was at the hands of Governors State University (University Park, Illinois).  Trinity came out strong and rolled to a 12-point half-time lead. The second half was a different story as they added only 27 more points and ended in an 84-77 loss. The team falls to 5-12 overall and 2-6 in the CCAC.

Trinity dominated the opening minutes of the game and posted a 10-0 lead.  Hitting eight three-pointers in the period, they maintained a double-digit lead through the half and had a 50-38 advantage at the break.

The Trolls did not keep their momentum in the second period and were out-scored 11-to-4 in the opening six minutes to decrease the scoring gap to five points.  With 11:40 to play Governors State went on top for the first time in the game at 61-59. For the next six minutes the teams were never separated by more than two points.

As the game wound down Trinity had to deal with players in foul trouble.  As they pushed to regain the led the trey evaded them when they needed it most.  With four free throws with three minutes to play, the Jaguars had a six point lead. The Trolls cut it to three with 1:26 left, but Governors State continued to respond on the line. Trinity got as close as four points with less than 20 seconds left, but the Jaguars scored the final three points for the seven point gap at the buzzer.

Trinity shot .415 percent from the floor and hit 11-of-35 three pointers. Governors State was .412 percent from the field and only 5-of-24 from the arc. The Trolls scored 12 points from the free throw line while the Jaguars connected on 23-of-26 shots from the charity stripe.  Caleb Jonkman led the team with 31 points, of which 15 came from the arc, and nine rebounds.  Jordan Perry added 19 points and seven boards. Jouzas Balciunas had 14 points and four assists and Trey Johnson chipped in nine rebounds and five assists.

The Trolls are on the court again on January 7 at Trinity International University at 3 pm.