Trolls Denied by Wolves

The Trolls tried to defend their home court and get their first conference win in a game against Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). It was a tight first half and at the intermission Trinity trailed by two points at 26-24. The second half was tied five times, but Cardinal Stritch pulled away at the end to hand the Trolls a 58-44 loss. The team moves to 3-5 overall and 0-3 in the CCAC.

In the opening 10 minutes of the game the scoring came slowly as Cardinal Stritch took a 12-11 lead. The Wolves scored the next seven points to create an eight point gap, which was the largest lead in the half. The Trolls answered with the next seven points and were once again within one at 19-18. The Wolves managed to stop on top and had the slight advantage at the half.

The score was tied five times in the opening six minutes of the second period. In a 36-36 deadlock Trinity took over the lead on a three-pointer by Caleb Jonkman and  they held the edge for four minutes to post a 41-40 lead with ten minutes to play.

In the final 10 minutes the Trolls only scored three points which allowed the Wolves to regain the lead. Cardinal Stritch a couple of three points and scored on a couple of Trinity turnovers to go ahead by double digits with four minutes left.  Trinity’s only points in the final stretch came from the free throw line.

Trinity ended the game with a .347 field goal percentage and a .833 free throw percentage at 5-for-6. Cardinal Stritch was .364 percent from the field and they made more use of the charity stripe at 11-for-13 for .846 percent. The Trolls had 31 rebounds and the Wolves had 39.

Leading the scoring was Caleb Jonkman with 13 points while Nari Garrett had 12. Both Jonkman and Garrett, as well as Christian Cantu, had seven rebounds. Cantu and Jonkman each had four assists.

The Trolls play next on November 24-25 in the Dordt College Classic. They take on Northwestern College (Iowa) at 6 pm on Friday and play Dordt at 2 pm on Saturday.