Trolls Fall to Tigers

In a conference game with Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, Illinois) the Trolls battled, but could not defend their home court.  Each team had their share of the top spot on the scoreboard as the lead changed hands six times and was tied nine times throughout the game. Trinity trailed by two, 32-30, at the half and ended in a 75-68 loss. The team is 4-8 overall and 1-4 I the CCAC.

The first part of the game belonged to the Trolls as they went on top on the scoreboard. Midway through the first period they had established their largest lead of the game with a seven point advantage at 21-14. However, Olivet Nazarene scored the next seven points to tie the score at 21-21. The game was tied three more times in the half and at the break Olivet Nazarene had a 32-30 lead.

Only a couple of points continued to separate the teams in the opening minutes of the second period. On a 13-to-2 run Olivet Nazarene took a nine point lead, 52-45, with 12 minutes left in the game. That lead increased to nine points, but the Trolls rallied back and had the difference to three points, 68-65, with three minutes to play.

A pair of free throws by Juozas Balciunas one minute later put the Trolls within one point. After a made basket by Olivet Nazarene and another free throw by Balciunas the difference was two points, 70-68, with 45 seconds to play. The Tigers hit a three-pointer with 19 seconds left to make it a two possession game.  With the ball in the final seconds the Trolls missed a shot attempt and two free throws. The Tigers had the final say with two charity stripe baskets to create the seven point difference at the game’s end.

The Trolls ended the game with a .500 field goal percentage, a .438 three-point percentage, and a .765 free throw percentage. Olivet Nazarene was .509 percent from floor, .476 percent from the arc, and .765 percent from the line. Trinity was led by Balciunas with 24 points, connecting on 5-of-8 from the arc. Caleb Jonkman had 18 points and Nari Garrett had a double double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Nate Hurt ended with eight assists.

The Trolls will play next on December 6 at home against East West University at 7 pm.