Trolls Fall to Grace Bible College

The Trolls played host to the Troll Classic and to Grace Bible College (Wyoming, Michigan) in an afternoon game.  The team struggled in the first half and trailed by 15 points at the intermission. They fought back in the second period to pull to within three late in the game, but ended a 66-57 loss. In the first game of the day St. Ambrose University (Davenport, Iowa) defeated Wilberforce University (Wilberforce, Ohio), 86-78.

The Trolls gave up the first basket of the game and trailed throughout the entire 40 minutes. They struggled offensively in the first half and midway through the period were down by double digits. With 7:20 to play the deficit was 15 points and it was that gap that remained at the half at 36-21.

Four minutes into the second period Trinity was down 45-29, but they went on a nine point run to close the gap to seven points. The Tigers went back ahead and once again built a significant lead at 56-43. In the next minute of play the Trolls stormed back on three treys by Juozas Balciunas to make it a four point game. Trinity continued to threaten and on a three-point play by Balciunas they had the gap to three at 58-55. However they could not completely erase the difference and get their shots to fall in the final two minutes as Grace went back ahead by nine.

Trinity had a .411 field goal percentage and Grace shot .359 percent. The Trolls grabbed 33 rebounds, but were beat on the boards with Grace’s 47. Balciunas led the team with 23 points. Nari Garrett scored 15 and had eight rebounds and Caleb Jonkman had 10 points and six boards. Nate Hurt ended the game with four assists and four steals.

The Trolls play in an exhibition game at Valparaiso University on November 13 at 7 pm.