Trolls come up short
If basketball were a 30-minute game, Trinity Christian College’s men would have been 2-0 last week. But both of those Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference contests were played to the regulation 40-minute length, and that made the Trolls 0-2.
However, the losses to NAIA Division II 16th-ranked Robert Morris and Olivet Nazarene universities showed the continued improvement that was evidenced in Trinity’s recent wins over the University of St. Francis and Purdue University Calumet. That was especially true of the 51-48 loss to Robert Morris, where the Trolls led most of the way and were up by 11 points at intermission.
Their defense led the way, as it held the Eagles to 19 first-half points and forced it to take poor shots throughout — Robert Morris hit just 26 percent of its attempts for the game. The difference occurred down the stretch, when Trinity endured a five-minute scoring drought while the Eagles continually found their way to the foul line, where they sank 14 free throws in the second half.
The Trolls held a 40-34 lead with 10 minutes to play, but were outscored 17-8 from then on, with only Jared Jones’ game-tying 3-pointer providing a shining moment for them. Jones led Trinity (6-17, 2-10) with 13 points.