Four-point loss to Benedictine keeps Trolls losing streak going
Two losses. One that counts.
Any way it’s calculated, it was not a great finish to 2013, nor a scintillating start to 2014 for Trinity Christian’s men’s basketball team.
The loss that counts — Saturday’s 72-68 defeat at Benedictine in Springfield — could have been Trinity’s game to win. The 10 lead changes saw the Trolls ahead for most of the second half. Only with 5:14 to go, when Benedictine tied the game, did Trinity finally surrender control.
It stayed that way, the Trolls chasing but not catching. As a result, the Trolls fell to 4-12, with a string of defeats going back to mid-December.
The skein is three straight losses, four if the 89-71 defeat on New Year’s Eve at Lewis, an NCAA Division II squad, is factored in. The Trolls label the game as an exhibition, the Flyers as one that counted (and moved them to 8-0 this season). Even without that contest, Trinity stood 4-12 going into Wednesday’s CCAC showdown with neighborhood rival St. Xavier.