Lions Win 2nd NIAC Conference Tournament
Bemidji, MN: The Trinity Bible College Lions basketball team headed into the NIAC Conference Tournament as the #3 seed, which meant the Lions would have to win three straight games to claim the NIAC Conference Tournament Championship. The Lions have only won the NIAC Conference Tournament one prior time in 2011. The Lions were matched up against #6 seed Red Lake Nation College in the opening round game on Thursday February 20th.
The Lions took no time getting out in front in their opening game against Red Lake. They raced out to the lead behind some good three point shooting. Eventually the Lions headed into halftime up 60 to 34. The second half had the same tone to it. With just over 12 minutes to play in the second half junior Nick Lentz step to the free throw line with 999 career points and he sank both of his two free throws as he became the 18th Lions Men’s basketball player to reach the 1000 career points milestone. All 14 Lions would see the floor and all 14 scored as they went on to win the first round game easily 126 to 78. In the win the Lions had 4 players in double figures led by Jaden Shockley who had 25 points off the bench for the Lions and tied a career high 7 made three pointers. Ben Bighorn add 22 points, while Nick Lentz finished with 16 points and freshman Scott Erdahl had a career high 10 points off bench as well.
In the semi-final round the #3 seed Lions faced off against the #2 seed AFLBS Conquerors. The two teams were in a fight from the beginning. The two teams traded leads in the first half until with just over 3 minutes left the Lions took control. The Lions went into halftime with a 38 to 34 lead. The second half was a very interesting and exciting half of basketball. The Lions were able to build on their halftime lead and eventually held a 13 point lead over the Conquerors. However AFLBS would not go away and fought back and they took their biggest lead of 8 points with just over 5 minutes to play. The Lions fought back and took a 3 point lead with just over 45 seconds to go in the game. The conquerors had four three point attempts in the final 45 seconds of the game to tie but failed to connect and the Lions escaped to the NIAC Championship game with the 83 to 80 win. In the win the Lions were led by freshman Friscoe Erdahl who had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jaden Shockley added 17 points and 7 rebounds off the bench, while junior Nick Lentz had 15 points and 8 rebounds.
In the NIAC Conference Championship the Lions had a rematch of their championship game from a year ago in which they lost to Turtle Mountain Community College. In the first half the two teams put on an offensive clinic. The two teams combined for 89 first half points. The Lions were able to sneak out of the first half with the one point advantage 45 to 44. In the second half the Lions were able to gain control of the game with the help of some hot shoot by senior Pete Enos who hit three straight three pointers in a two minute span. The Lions lead went from 5 points to 14 points. The Lions held that lead until the final buzzer as they won 95 to 81 giving them their 2nd NIAC Conference Tournament Championship in three years. In the win the Lions had four players reach double figures led by Nick Lentz who had another double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, senior AJ Anthony also had 21 points for the Lions. Friscoe Erdahl had another big game for the Lions with 19 points and 5 rebounds while senior Pete Enos finished with 15 points. Freshman Ben Bighorn add 14 points and 4 rebounds for the Lions.
The win moves the Lions to 16-16 overall on the season, with only the North Central Region Tournament left. The Lions head into the regional tournament as the #2 seed in which they will face the host school #3 seed Faith Baptist Bible College in the first round on Friday, February 28th at 8pm. To watch the games live follow this link: (games will be live streamed by host school Faith Baptist Bible College) http://www.fbbceagles.com/multimedia/livebroadcast
Lady Lions Win 5th Consecutive NIAC Conference Tournament Championship
Bemidji, MN: The Trinity Bible College Lady Lions have had a strangle hold on the NIAC Conference the past several seasons. The Lady Lions headed into last weekend’s NIAC Conference Tournament as the overall #1 seed and the four time defending champions. The Lady Lions drew a first round bye as the #1 seed they then faced the #4 seed AFLBS Conquerors in the semi-final round.
In Friday’s game against AFLBS Conquerors the Lady Lions took no time to show the NIAC Conference teams what they came to Bemidji for. The Lady Lions raced out to an early lead and never looked back. They went into halftime with 42 to 14 lead. In the second half the Lady Lions were able to rest their starters and all 11 Lady Lions got to see the floor. The Lady Lions went on to win 73 to 30 over AFLBS Conquerors. In the win the lady Lions had only 2 players in double figures, led by Kylie Simonsen who tied her career high of 24 points. Kylie also hit a career high of 7 made threes. Joining her in double figures was Janae Droste who had 12 points, while freshman Cheyenne Perkins had a career high 11 rebounds off the bench.
In the championship game the Lady Lions squared off in a rematch of last year’s NIAC Conference Tournament Championship Turtle Mountain Community College. The Lady Lions again came ready to play as they would race out to another early lead. They used their pressure defense to gain a 41 to 28 halftime lead over Turtle Mountain. In the second half the Lady Lions continued to build their lead and with just over 3 minutes to play in the game senior Kayla Droste made her 19 point of the game which gave her 1000 career points. Kayla became their 8th recorded Lady Lions Basketball to reach the 1000 career point milestone. The Lady Lions went to win 75 to 54 securing their 5th straight NIAC Conference Tournament Championship.
In the win the Lady Lions had four players reach double figures led by senior Kayla Droste who had 23 points. Sophomore SaraLi Petersen added 18 points, while Kylie Simonsen had 13 points and Lyndse Baumgarten had 10 points off the bench for the Lady Lions.
The Lady Lions have now won the last five NIAC Conference Tournament Championships 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The lady Lion also had three players named to NIAC Conference All Conference Team, senior’s Kylie Simonsen and Kayla Droste and sophomore Janae Droste.
The Lady Lions are now preparing for their North Central Region Tournament. The tournament is hosted by Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, IA and the Lady Lions are the #1 overall seed and will play #4 seed Faith Baptist Bible College on Friday, February 28th at 6pm. To watch the games live follow this link: (games will be live streamed by host school Faith Baptist Bible College) http://www.fbbceagles.com/multimedia/livebroadcast