Ellendale, ND: The Trinity Bible College Lions welcomed NIAC Conference opponent Turtle Mountain Community College to Ray Ulmer Fieldhouse for a rematch of the two teams who just faced each other just over a week prior. That game was played at Turtle Mountain Community College in Belcourt, ND where Turtle Mountain came out on top 93 to 83 over the Lions.
This game proved to be a lot different than their first match up as the Lions came out opening the game on a 17 to 6 run in the first seven minutes of the game. The Lions riding the momentum from the home crowd went on another big run of pushing their lead to 35 to 17 with seven minutes left in the first half. The Lions closed the half with a 24 point lead over Turtle Mountain 59 to 35. The Lions forced 27 first half turnovers and they were being led by senior Mikey Rosario who had 18 points on 7 for 7 shooting (2 for 2 on 3s) in the first half and senior David Rohrbach who had 15 points at the break shooting 5 for 7 from the field and 3 of 5 on threes. The Lions were shooting 64 percent (21 of 33) from the field and 61 percent on threes (8 for 13) in the first half.
The second half was all Lions as their offense continued to stay hot scoring 61 second half points. The Lions held a 36 point lead over Turtle Mountain with 13 minutes to play in the game 87 to 51. The Lions then used a 12 to 8 run to push the lead to 40 points with 8 minutes left. The Lions outscored Turtle Mountain 21 to 15 over the final 8 minutes to go on to win by 43 points 120 to 77. The Lions forced 14 Turtle Mountain turnovers in the second half and shot 50 percent from the field on 22 of 44. Mikey Rosario matched his first half output with another 18 points in the second half.
In the win the Lions were led by Mikey Rosario who had 36 points on 13 for 15 shooting (86 percent), 4 for 6 on threes and he added 7 steals and 5 rebounds. Senior David Rohrbach off the bench recorded a career high with 28 points on 9 for 17 shooting and 5 for 11 on threes. AJ Antony also had a big night for the Lions recording his first career triple-double with 15 points, 12 assists and 11 steals. Pete Enos added 17 points, and Nick Lentz pitched in 10 points and 8 rebounds for the Lions. The Lions shot 55 percent for the game (43 for 77) and 44 percent from three (15 for 34). They also forced 41 Turtle Mountain turnovers had had 33 steals and 31 assists.
The win moves the Lions to 4-4 on the year with a busy week of games ahead. The Lions travel to Jamestown, ND on Tuesday, November 27th to face Jamestown College at 7:30pm. The Lions then host Providence College, Faith Baptist Bible College and North Central University over the weekend. The Lions play Faith Baptist Bible College Friday night, November 30th at 8pm, North Central University Saturday night, December 1st at 6pm and Providence College Sunday afternoon, December 2nd at 4pm.