Jamestown, ND: The Trinity Bible College Lions headed back on the road again for a matched up against NAIA Jamestown College Jimmies. Heading into the game the Lions were coming off a 7 day layoff from their last game in which they defeated NIAC conference opponent Turtle Mountain Community College 120 to 77. The Lions were 4-4 going into the game against the 5-5 Jimmies.
The Lions came out ready and prepared for the Jimmies taking an early 8 to 4 lead over the home court team just five minutes into the game. The Jimmies fought back to take their first lead of the game with 11 minutes to play in the first half 13 to 12 over the Lions. The Lions would take the Lead back two minutes later only to see the Jimmies tie the game back up at 17 to 17 with eight minutes remaining in the half. The Lions finished the last eight minutes outscoring the Jimmies 16 to 11 taking a five point lead into halftime 33 to 28 over the Jimmies. At half the Lions held the Jimmies to just 29 percent (9 for 31) shooting and 13 percent (2 for 15) on threes. The Lions were 38 percent (12 for 31) from the field and were out-rebounding the Jimmies 31 to 20 at the break. The Lions got a spark off the bench in the first half from Joshua Bialik who plays just eight minutes and scored 7 points and pulled down 8 rebounds.
The Lions lead would not hold in the second half as the Jimmies ratcheted up their defensive pressure on the Lions and went on a 10 to 4 run to open the half in the first four minutes. The Jimmies took the lead 38 to 37 over the Lions and never looked back. The Jimmies would use a 20 to 8 run to take a 13 point lead 58 to 45 with seven minutes to play. Jamestown got hot offensively in the second half shooting 63 percent from the field going 15 for 24.The Lions were unable to close the gap however and the Jimmies went on to win by 16 points 77 to 61. The Jimmies outscored the Lions by 20 points in the second half 49 to 29. The loss drops the Lions to 4-5 on the season.
In the loss the Lions only had one player in double digits, senior Mikey Rosario with 13 points. AJ Anthony added 9 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds and Joshua Bialik finished the game with 9 points and 8 rebounds. The Lions finished the game shooting 37 percent (21 for 56) from the field and struggled to get three pointers to fall shooting 23 percent (4 for 17). The Lions out rebounded the Jimmies in the game 42 to 40 despite being outsized. The Lions also forced 17 Jimmie turnovers and held them to just 25 percent (6 for 24) shooting from three.
The Lions now find themselves home for a 3 game weekend as they host Providence University College Freemen, Faith Baptist Bible College Eagles and the North Central University Rams over the weekend. The Lions play Faith Baptist Bible College Eagles Friday night, November 30th at 8pm, the North Central University Rams Saturday night, December 1st at 6pm and Providence University College Freemen Sunday afternoon, December 2nd at 4pm.