Trolls Lose at Cardinal Stritch

It was game of two different halves as the Trolls played at Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Trinity controlled the first half and out-scored the Wolves by 12 points to take a 39-27 lead at the intermission. The second half belonged to Cardinal Stritch as they erased Trinity’s lead and out-scored the Trolls by 22 points to hand the Trolls a 76-66 loss.

In the first half of the game Trinity shot .583 percent and hit 5-of-8 three-pointers while Cardinal Stritch was at a .393 field goal percentage. The Trolls field goal percentage dropped to .240 percent in the second half while the Wolves were .560 percent and 6-of-10 from the arc. Trinity also got into foul trouble in the second half which altered their line-up.  

The Trolls scored nine of their first 11 points from the arc and took a quick 11-4 lead. Cardinal Stritch chipped away at the lead and midway through the period it was a two point game.  With five minutes left in the period Trinity had a 29-25 lead. Over the next two minutes they increased it to a 12 point gap. At the end of the period that 12 points stood at 39-27.

The Trolls continued to stay on top in the second half and five minutes into the period was still up by 10 points. The Wolves went on a 13-to-3 run to tie the game at 52-25 with 11 minutes left. Four minutes later the teams were still deadlocked at 56-56.

Cardinal Stitch took over the top spot on the scoreboard on the next bucket and the Trolls never got it back. The Wolves rallied off eight straight points to build their lead to nine. Trinity closed to within five in the final two minutes, but the Wolves protected their lead at the end of the game.

The Trolls ended the game with a.408 field goal percentage, a .348 three-point percentage, and a .857 free throw percentage. The Wolves were .472 percent from the field, .600 percent from the arc, and .680 percent from the line. Trinity had 22 rebounds and Cardinal Stritch had 42. Nate Hurt led the team with 27 points, connecting on 6-of-8 from three-point land. Juozas Balciunas had 16 points.

Trinity competes next on February 7 in a home game with the University of St. Francis.