Trinity in Narrow Loss at Judson

The Trolls begin play in the 2018 calendar year in a conference game at Judson University (Elgin, Illinois). The two teams battled through the 40 minutes of play with momentum swinging back and forth. Trinity had a two point lead at the half, but in the end could not finish in the win column and suffered a 65-61 loss. The team is now 5-13 overall and 1-7 in the CCAC.

The Trolls scored first and maintained the lead through the entire first half. Nine minutes into the period the scoring gap was at nine, 16-7. Over the next five minutes Trinity added only one more point to allow Judson to close to within three. However the Trolls recovered to take a nine point game again with three minutes left in the period. Before the half the momentum swung back in Judson’s favor as the Eagles closed to within two, 27-25, at the intermission.

Three minutes into the second period the Eagles took over the top spot on the scoreboard at 33-32. The Trolls rallied and went back on top at 40-39 and held the lead for the next five minutes.  Judson answered with a 6-to-0 run to take the lead at 46-45 with eight minutes left. Judson continued to hold a slight margin in the remaining minutes.

With one minute left the Trolls were within four at 56-52, but they could not get any closer. The Eagles hit their shots and free throws down the stretch to create a seven point lead in the final seconds. With a three-pointer at the buzzer the Trolls made the final difference four points.

For the game Trinity was .421 percent from the field, .278 percent from the arc, and .727 percent from the line. Judson ended with a .457 field goal percentage, a .222 three-point percentage, and a .679 free throw percentage. The Eagles scored 11 more points from the charity stripe than the Trolls. Judson also won the rebounding battle with 37 boards to Trinity’s 28. The Trolls were led by Nari Garrett with 16 points, hitting 8-of-12 from the floor, and six rebounds. Nate Hurt added 12 points and had five steals. Caleb Jonkman had 16 points and Juozas Balcunias had 12.

The Trolls continue conference action on January 10 in a home contest with Saint Xavier University at 5:30 pm.