The Trinity Bible College Lions finally got to break in the new basketball court in Ray Ulmer Fieldhouse Tuesday night as they welcomed NAIA opponent Dakota State University to Ellendale, ND.
The first half was a battle between the Lions and the Trojans which saw numerous ties and lead changes for both teams. The Lions got out to a quick start as sophomore Nick Lentz (Onida, SD) scored the first 6 points for the Lions giving them a 6-5 lead four minutes in. The Trojans would tie the game back up at 10 a piece two minutes later until the Lions would answer with a nice 16 to 6 run to take their largest lead of the first half and game of 10 points 26 to 16 with 6:30 left in the first half. The Trojans came back with a 14 to 0 run of their own to take back a 4 point lead 30 to 26 over the Lions with 3 minutes left. The Lions would score on a nice pick and roll play with AJ Anthony (Memphis, TN) passing to Cameron Martell (Poplar, MT), who finished the lay up as time expired on the first half. The Trojans carried a 3 point lead into the break 35 to 32 over the Lions
The Lions came out fast again in the opening part of the second half as they would find themselves down only 5 points 5 minutes into the half 40 to 45. After an AJ Anthon lay up the Lions cut the Trojans lead to 3 points 46 to 49 with 10 minutes left in the game, but that’s when the Trojans took control. The Trojans defense stifled the Lions over the final 10 minutes. The Trojans went on to defeat the Lions 80 to 59.
The Trojans held the Lions to 26.5 percent shooting from the field (9-34) in the second half, while DSU converted 15 of their 32 field goals (46.9 percent). Trojans connected on 36 percent of their 3 point attempts (7-19) compared to the Lions 21 percent (4-19). The Lions were out rebounded by the Trojans 42 to 32 in the game.
In the loss the Lions were led by Mikey Rosario (Fort Worth, TX), who had 16 points. Pete Enos (Rapid City, SD) also added 16 points for the Lions, while AJ Anthony added 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
The loss moves the Lions to 2-3 on the season and the Lions head back out on the road for two games this weekend at NDSCS in Wahpeton, ND for the Baymont Inn Classic. The Lions face Dakota College at Bottineau at 4pm on Saturday, November 17th and they play North Dakota State College of the Sciences at 6pm on Sunday November 18th, that game can be listened to live at http://www.ndscs.nodak.edu/athletics/live/ .