Trolls Lose on the Road

The Trolls suffered their first loss of the season in a game at Siena Heights University (Adrian, Michigan). Trinity struggled in the first half and was down by 16 points, 36-20, at the break. The Trolls made up ground in the second period and closed the gap to as little as four points. However they could not gain the top spot and ended in a 74-65 loss.  The team is 2-1 at the start of their season.

Early in the game the Trolls fell behind at 8-4, but that gap soon increased to 17-8. The deficit continued to grow throughout the period and Trinity trailed by as many as 19 points. At the intermission the difference was 16 points as the Trolls had only 20 points on the board.

In the opening minutes of the second half the Trolls fell behind by 24 points. With 15 minutes left in the game they were still behind by 20 points. Over the next four minutes Trinity went on a 12-to-0 run to close the gap.

Siena Heights went back ahead by double digits and with 9:30 left the Trolls were down 61-48. Trinity once again rallied and scored the next nine points to pull to within four with six minutes to play. Siena Heights was able to hold the Trolls off and with two minutes to play the gap was nine at 74-65. Neither team scored in the remaining time as the game ended in at nine-point difference.  

The Trolls ended the game with a .531 field goal percentage, but it was the tale of two halves. They more than doubled their score from the first to the second half and went from .333 percent shooting in the first half to .720 percent in the second half. They also made seven of their 10 three-pointers in the second half.  Siena Heights was .467 percent from the field and .300 percent from the arc. The Trolls took in 22 rebounds and the Saints had 35.

Nari Garrett led the team with 17 points, behind 8-of-10 from the field, and nine rebounds. Juozas Balciunas had 17 points with a .600 field goal percentage. Caleb Jonkman had 10 points and four assists.
The Trolls will host the Troll Classic on November 10-11.