The Trinity Bible College continued a very busy schedule this week with its fourth game in six days. The Lions dropped the first three games of the week, they lost Monday at United Tribes Technical College 79 to 72, Tuesday night they played host to University of Minnesota-Morris and lost 74 to 62. They then traveled to Madison, SD for an exhibition game against Dakota State University and lost 84 to 55. On Saturday night they arrived in Ankeny, IA to face NCCAA regional opponent Faith Baptist Bible College.
The Lions came out with intensity to start the game and after trailing 5 to 6 just three minutes in, they found their stride and went on a 14 to 3 run over the next four minutes to take a 19 to 9 lead. The Lions would hold the lead for the rest of the first half. The Lions lead would get as large as 13 points and they would take an 11 point lead into the break 45 to 34. The Lions were paced by a big first half by junior guard Mikey Rosario, who scored 20 first half points on 8 of 12 shooting.
The Faith Eagles would fight back in the second half to close the Lions lead to just 7 points 49 to 42 with 15 minutes left to play, but the Lions would match the Eagles intensity and push the lead back to 13 points with 9 minutes left in the game. Faith would use a late surge to get within seven points, but the Lions would hit some late free throws and hold on to win 78 to 69.
In the win the Lions were led by Mikey Rosario, who had a game high 30 points on 10 of 23 shooting and 9 for 11 on free throws, he would add 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Joining Rosario in double digits was freshman forward Barry Bighorn who had 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals and sophomore guard AJ Anthony had 11 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. The Lions forced the Eagles into 23 turnovers for the game, while Faith won the rebounding battle 46 to 28. The win moves the Lions to 11-14 overall and 2-1 in the North Central Region.
The Lions have eight days off before going on the road for their last away game of the season in Devils Lake, ND against Lake Region State College, Tuesday February 7th, they then host Crossroads College Friday and Saturday February 10th and 11th for their last regular season home games. The Lions will be hosting both the NIAC Conference Tournament February 16th, 17th and 18th and the North Central Regional Tournament February 24th and 25th. Come out and Support Trinity Bible College Athletics!!