RTCA Boys and the CCA Patriots went back and forth in the first half, exchanging the lead multiple times, but the Crusaders led 27-22 at halftime. Starter Rico Rogers committed three costly fouls early in the game, and was forced to sit with scoring only seven points. Rogers took over the game in the second half, finishing with a team-high 25 points. The Crusader bench performed extremely well while Rogers was in foul trouble. Frankie Toole totaled five points while Toby Upshaw dropped six points off the bench. Other scoring leaders for the Crusaders included Shedrick Brown who added nine points, while Matt O’Conner contributed eight points for the Crusaders. The Crusaders took a commanding lead in the fourth quarter mainly due to their conditioning and endurance, both offensively and defensively, to secure a much needed region victory.
The Lady Crusaders fought hard on Monday night, but could not beat CCA’s relentless full-court pressure. The Patriots smothered the Lady Crusaders throughout the entire game, forcing multiple turnovers that led to quick, easy points for CCA. The Lady Crusaders gave it their best, but barely exceeded double digits in either half on Monday night. They scored ten points in the first half to trail 25-10 heading into the locker room. The Lady Patriots continued to successfully stress the Lady Crusaders with their full-court pressure, and held RTCA to just eleven points in the second half. When executed properly, full-court pressure is awfully difficult to overcome, especially when the opposition is as disciplined as the Patriots were on Monday night. Scoring leaders for the Lady Crusaders were Emily Shaw who totaled eight points, Sydni Collins scored four points, Allie Collins added three points, and Caylie Burton contributed five points on the night.
The Crusaders’ next game is this Friday, February 7th at home against David Emanuel Academy for Senior Night. Friday’s game will not only be significant for the Crusader Seniors and their families, but also for the 1989 State Champions who will be honored during a special ceremony. Come out and support you local Crusaders, both past and present!