Trinity Starts Troll Classic With Win

In the first evening of the Troll Classic Trinity hosted Wilberforce University (Wilberforce, Ohio) in the late game. The Trolls battled with the Bulldogs and had a one point, 37-36, lead at the half. Trinity increased their lead to double digits in the second period before ending in the 84-77 final victory. In the opening game of the tournament, Grace Bible College (Wyoming, Michigan) defeated St. Ambrose University (Davenport, Iowa), 77-74.

It took a while for the Trolls to get going as Wilberforce posted a nine point lead after six minutes of play. Trinity controlled the next six minutes and took over the lead at 24-22. The Trolls continued to stay on top of the scoreboard until the final two minutes when Wilberforce converted a three-point play to go ahead 36-34. However Trinity scored the final three points of the period for the lead at the half.

Trinity quickly increased their lead in the second period on a 10-to-2 run to go ahead by nine points. Midway through the period the Trolls were up by double digits and with 8:33 to play they had their largest lead at 65-53. Trinity continued to hold off the Bulldogs who cut the difference to seven with seconds of play.

For the game Trinity shot .544 percent from the field and .440 from the arc. Wilberforce was .500 percent from the floor and .278 from the three-point line. The Trolls had 33 rebounds and Wilberforce had 29. Juozas Balciunas led the scoring with 21 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Caleb Jonkman added 19 points and seven rebounds, and Nari Garrett had 17 points and nine boards. Also in double-figure scoring was Nate Hurt with 14 points.

The Trolls continue action in the Troll Classic on November 11 in the 2 pm game against Grace Bible College. St. Ambrose and Wilberforce will square off at noon.