Trolls Fall To Tigers

In the first round of CCAC play the Trolls defeated the Tigers of Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, Illinois), but they could not repeat that result in a road game. After trailing by only a few points at the half, Trinity fell behind by double-digits in the second period. Although they pushed to make up the difference they ended in a 94-83 loss. The team is now 8-14 overall and 4-10 in the CCAC.

In the early minutes of the game the Trolls took a 7-4 lead, but they went scoreless for the next three minutes which allowed Olivet Nazarene to surge ahead at 17-7. Trinity continued to trail throughout the rest of the half, but was also within striking distance. At the intermission they were only down by four points at 40-36.

The Trolls remained close in the first five minutes of the second period until a 10-to-0 run by the Tigers created a 64-51 gap. The scoring difference varied from double-digits to five points through the rest of the half. Down by 14 points with over three minutes to play, the Trolls finished strong and cut the gap to seven points in the final minute before taking the 11 point loss.

The Trolls ended the game with a .470 field goal percentage, a .367 three-point percentage, and a .909 free throw percentage. Olivet Nazarene shot .529 percent from the field, .278 percent from the arc, and .833 percent from the line. Trinity was beat on the boards with 24 rebounds to Olivet Nazarene’s 40. Jordan Perry led the team with 30 points and six rebounds. Caleb Jonkman added 17 points of which 15 came from the arc. Myles Birgans chipped in 12 points and Trey Johnson had seven rebounds. Juozas Balciunas put in nine points and had eight assists.

The Trolls will play their next game at home against Judson University on January 28 at 3 pm.