Trolls Fall in Final Season Game

The Trolls gave it everything they had on Senior Day in a home conference game with Roosevelt University (Chicago, Illinois), but came up short of securing a victory.  Trinity led almost the entire first period, but in the final seconds Roosevelt tied the score to make it 33-33 at the break. The lead went in the favor of the Lakers in the second half and they pulled away late in the game to hand the Trolls a 71-61 loss. The Trolls end their season with a 7-22 overall record and at 3-17 in the CCAC.

Three minutes into the first half the Trolls took the lead and did not give it up for the rest of the period. On a 15-to-2 run the Trolls stretched a one point lead to a 14 point advantage with 8:20 to play. With four minutes left in the half the team was still ahead by 11 points. In those remaining minutes Trinity did not score again and the Roosevelt closed the gap, scoring a large chunk of those points on the free throw line, to put the teams in a deadlock at the half.

After the teams traded baskets to start the second half, Roosevelt rallied off the next eight points to take over the lead. Trinity fought back and on a lay-up by Joshua Shannon at the midway mark of the period the Trolls briefly took a one point, 50-49 lead. The Lakers scored on their next possession to regain the top spot and with 4:30 to play they were back ahead by nine. In the final minutes the deficit reached 11 points and with Roosevelt making their necessary free throws in the final minutes they were able to hold off the Trolls.

Both teams made 23 field goals for the game with Trinity shooting .442 percent and Roosevelt shooting .418 percent. The Lakers had two more three-pointers than Trinity. Roosevelt also scored more points from the free throw line where they were .667 percent (18-of-27) and Trinity was .625 percent (10-of-16). Each team had 34 rebounds. TJ Lacey led the team with 22 points and four assists. Josh Decker had nine points and nine boards. Myles Birgans added eight points and Joshua Shannon had seven rebounds.

The game concludes the Trolls’ season as they will not advance to post-season play.