Trolls Chase Wolves

For the majority of a home contest against Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) the Trolls trailed on the scoreboard.  Trinity did not give up and kept attacking and pushing the Wolves. After falling behind by double digits in the first period, they cut the deficit to nine, 40-31, at the half. It was that nine point difference that decided the game as each team added 41 points in the second period for the 81-72 final.

A trey by Ben Andringa followed by a dunk by TJ Lacey gave the Trolls a 5-0 lead to start the game. However they were out-scored 13-to-0 in the next five minutes to fall behind by eight points.  Midway through the period the Trolls only had eight points and were in a double-digit deficit.

Trailing 33-18 with 4:25 to play in the period, the Trolls went on a scoring surge and nearly doubled their score in those final minutes. Trinity posted a 13-to-4 run to close to six points with under a minute left. The Wolves hit a three-pointer with nine seconds left to bring the half-time score to 40-31.

Trinity started the second half where they left off at the end of the first half and steadily gained on the Wolves. Hitting two of a three free throw attempts, Patrick Bray gave the Trolls the lead at 53-52 with 13 minutes left in the period.  After trading treys, Trinity had a 56-55 advantage. Unfortunately the Trolls could not hold their lead as Cardinal Stritch scored the next 11 points to regain the top spot.

In the remaining eight minutes of the game the Trolls pushed and cut the difference to nine points at three separate times. Each time Cardinal Stritch was able to stop the run and hold the Trolls off.  In the end the final difference was nine at 81-72.

Trinity shot .388 percent from the floor, .344 percent (11-of-32) from the three-point line, and .643 percent from the free throw line. Cardinal Stritch was .500 percent accurate from the field, .375 percent from the arc, and .789 percent from the charity stripe. The Trolls had the slight edge on the boards with 41 rebounds to the Wolves’ 37. The leading scorer for the Trolls was Patrick Bray with 15 points. Josh Decker had a double double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. TJ Lacey ended the game with 10 points and four assists. Ben Andringa had five assists and Jared Jonkman added seven rebounds.

The Trolls play next on February 4 at Robert Morris University at 7 pm.