Trolls Lose to Saints

The Trolls came up shy of a victory in a home conference contest with Holy Cross College (Notre Dame, Indiana).  Both teams shot well in the first half that left the Trolls in a one-point deficit at 41-40. In the second period Holy Cross added another 41 points while Trinity only tacked on 35 to end in the 82-75 loss. The team is now 11-15 overall and 6-12 in the conference.

Both teams shot very well in the first half as they traded baskets. The Trolls were .600 percent from field with 18 field goals. Holy Cross was .500 percent accurate and scored one less field goal, however seven of their made shots were from the arc.

With the accurate shooting the teams were separated by only a few points through the majority of the first half. The largest lead was 35-28 held by Holy Cross with five minutes left in the period. In the remaining minutes the Trolls went on a 12-to-3 run to take over the top spot. A trey by Holy Cross in the final seconds gave the Saints the 41-40 half-time lead.

The Trolls started strong in the second period and pulled ahead by eight points in the first seven minutes.  Holy Cross scored the next nine points on three three-pointers to go ahead by one. At the midway point Trinity was back on top with a 62-60 lead, but did not score for the next five minutes and the Saints took a 72-62 lead. In the final two minutes of the game the Trolls cut the gap to five points, but could not erase the deficit and ended with the seven point loss.

For the game the Trolls ended with a .500 field goal percentage, a .600 three-point percentage (9-of-15) and a .462 free throw percentage. Holy Cross was .517 percent from the field, .435 percent from the arc, and .714 percent from the line. Trinity had 32 rebounds and Holy Cross had 34. Jordan Perry led the scoring with 20 points, Juozas Balciunas had 17, Myles Birgans had 13, and Caleb Jonkman added 12. Perry and Trey Johnson each had seven rebounds.

The Trolls play next on February 11 at Governors State University at 3 pm.