Trolls Defeated by Fighting Bees

The Trolls continue to try to play the role of spoiler in the conference standings. In a game at St. Ambrose University (Davenport, Iowa) Trinity had that opportunity and for a large portion of the game pushed the Fighting Bees. At the half the Trolls were down by nine points at 33-24. They were as close as four points in the second half, but could not sustain their effort. St. Ambrose pulled away in the final minutes to hand the Trolls the 75-53 loss. The Trolls are now 7-21 overall and 3-16 in the CCAC.

From the start the teams battled back and forth and were separated by only a few points in the early minutes of the game. Trinity had a 10-7 lead until ten point run by St. Ambrose turned the lead to the Bees’ favor with a seven point lead at the midway point of the half. Trinity fought back, and with six minutes to play, the score was tied at 20-20. St. Ambrose went on an 11-to-2 run to create a gap of nine points. At the half the gap remained nine points at 33-24.

The first part of the second half was a game of runs as Trinity would pull close and the Bees would surge ahead. In the opening three minutes of the half Trinity cut the difference to five points, but they did not score again for more than two minutes to allow St. Ambrose to go back ahead by 11. The Trolls fought right back and were once again close with only a four point deficit at 45-41.

Midway through the period Trinity was still down by four at 49-45. As was the pattern St. Ambrose rallied back and posted a 13-to-1 run and the gap was at 16 points. Trinity could not recover this time and the difference continued to grow to over 20 points. The gap was as wide as 24 points before the 22 point difference at the end of the game.

For the game the Trolls shot .313 percent from the field, .261 percent from the arc, and .625 percent from the line. St. Ambrose was .413 percent from the floor, .348 percent from the three-point line, and .682 percent from the free-throw line.  Trinity ended with 33 rebounds and St. Ambrose had 54. Joshua Shannon led the team with 14 points and seven rebounds. TJ Lacey had eight points and four assists. Patrick Bray also added eight points.  

The Trolls will wrap up their season on February 16 in a home contest with Roosevelt University at 3 pm.