LANSING | Illiana Christian's Caleb Jonkman said his team's one-week layoff due to final exams was not a reason the Vikings came up short Saturday night.
The Vikings inability to knock down shots, control the boards and turnovers were in a 53-47 Metro Suburban Conference loss to Timothy Christian.
"Our shots weren't falling and theirs were," Jonkman said. "We made some turnovers and they took advantage of them."
Jonkman finished with a game-high 20 points, including three 3-pointers. He also had 10 rebounds. For the game, Illiana (7-7, 3-3) hit 10 3s.
Illiana Christian turned the ball over its first five possessions to start the third quarter and the Trojans (10-5, 4-1) went on an 8-0 run to take a 40-30 lead.
"That was it, we got nothing on those possessions and they scored off of them," Illiana coach Tom Roozeboom said. "It was a lapse and we just threw the ball away. We got behind 10 and it was hard to catch up."
The Vikings had 14 total turnovers in the middle two quarters and 21 for the game. Timothy Christian had nine.
The Vikings trailed 26-22 at halftime and Jonkman said they felt like they could make a run as they mixed up defenses.
"Coach 'Boom had a great game plan and we did a good job of mixing up defenses and the first quarter we played real good defense," Jonkman said. "To their credit, they made adjustments and knocked down their shots."
Roozeboom said his team was a little hesitant and that hurt them.
"We need someone to step up and take that shot, make that move," Roozeboom said. "Tonight, we were hesitant and we let them shift defenses in that few seconds. That and those five turnovers really hurt us."
Timothy Christian also controlled the boards, outrebounding the Vikings 31-23.
"We let them have a lot of second and third shots," Jonkman said. "We missed some shots and we didn't get the rebounds or putbacks."
Matt Zandstra had 10 points.