The Trinity Bible College Lions Men’s Basketball team went on the road again last Friday night and headed to Belcourt, ND to play Turtle Mountain Community College. The Lions headed into Friday night’s contest coming off 2 road wins the week before and Turtle Mountain also headed into the game with a 2-0 record on the young season.
The Lions found out quickly that they would be in for a tough battle against Turtle Mountain, as the Lions would find themselves on the wrong end of a 12 – 0 run to start the game over the first 4 minutes. The Lions would finally break their drought with a two pointer and then use the momentum to go on an 18 to 2 run of their own. That gave the Lions their first lead of the game 18 to 14 with just over 10 minutes left in the first half. The two teams would then trade leads and then be all tied up at 32 a piece with 1:30 left in the first half. Turtle Mountain would take the slim 2 point lead into halftime over the Lions leading 36 to 34.
The second half was a lot like the first half for the two teams. A back and forth battle would see each team take a lead in the early minutes of the half until Turtle Mountain seized a 3 point lead 48 to 45 with 13 minutes left over the Lions. Turtle Mountain would not let go of that lead for the rest of the night. Using a 19 to 9 run Turtle Mountain pushed their lead to 67 to 54 with 7 minutes left in the game. The Lions would not go away easily as they would trim the lead down to 10 points with just over 1 minute left 81 to 71. The Lions then would use full court pressure and made three pointers to get the lead down to 6 points 89 to 83 with 16 seconds left in the game. Turtle Mountain would hold on and close out the game winning by 10 points 93 to 83 over the Lions.
In the loss the Lions were led by senior Mikey Rosario (Fort Worth, TX), who had 32 points on 8 of 24 shooting, Mikey went 13 of 15 from the free throw line and added 5 steals and 4 assists. Joining Rosario in double figures was junior AJ Anthony (Memphis, TN) with 23 points to go with 8 steals, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and junior David Rohrbach (Aberdeen, SD) pitched in 11 points and 4 steals for the Lions. The Lions went 20 of 25 from the free throw line as a team and shot 40% from the field going 28 of 69, and 25% on threes going 7 for 28. The Lions did record 25 steals and 10 offensive boards.
The loss drops the Lions to 2-1 on the season and the Lions have a busy next week coming up with four games scheduled. Tuesday, November 13th at Mayville State University, Thursday, November 15th at home against Dakota State University, Saturday and Sunday at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND.