Valley City, ND: The Trinity Bible College Lions headed into Valley City, ND riding their biggest win of the season after just beating rival and NCAA DIII opponent Presentation College two days prior. The Lions were looking to keep the momentum going against the 15th ranked NAIA Valley City State University Vikings.
Things did not go according to plan early on for the Lions as Valley City would jump out to an early lead following a 22 to 6 start in the first eight minutes of the game. The Lions would battle to get as close as they could and with four minutes to go they found themselves trailing 22 to 35. The Vikings then would close the last four minutes of the first half with a 5 – 0 run as both teams were struggling to score. The Lions 22 first half points was the lowest first half output this season and it was evident in their cold shooting performance of 24 percent (8 for 33) from the field and 4 for 11 on three’s. David Rohrbach found himself pacing the Lions at halftime with 6 points and 4 rebounds.
The Lions would play the second half trying to dig themselves out of the hole they got into in the first half. They would close to within 12 points with six minutes to go in the game. The Lions finished the game down by 10 points, losing 65 to 75. They did improve their shooting in the second half going 17 for 37 (45 percent) from the field and 53 percent on threes.
In the loss the Lions were led by senior Mikey Rosario who had 22 points (9 for 18) and 5 rebounds, also joining Rosario in double figures was AJ Anthony who had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists and David Rohrbach who added 16 points (5 for 8 on threes) and 5 rebounds. The Lions finished the game shooting 35 percent from the field and 45 percent from three; they also only turned the ball over 11 times compared to the 16 of Valley City.
The loss drops the Lions to 7-7 on the season and they now have a few weeks off to rest and recover before kicking off the New Year with a trip to Phoenixville, PA for the Assemblies of God Credit Union Classic Tournament. The Lions will face three schools out there, Ohio Christian University, the host school Valley Forge Christian College and Central Bible College. The AGCU Classic is January 10th, 11th and 12th.