0-22 suddenly seems so far away...
After a terrible start to the season, these Crusaders look like they could beat anybody in their conference after a 78-53 drubbing of Moody Bible Institute on Saturday night; their third win in as many weeks. It was also their first road win of the season, as well as their first conference win (after the November victory over Lincoln was rescinded due to an eligibility issue).
The Lakes fell behind early, 23-11, but went on a 12-2 run to close the half down by only a pair, 23-25. The second half; sheer domination.
'This was a great team win', said Nathan Shelton after the game, 'Even after (not playing well) in the first half, we were only down by two, and we just got out and played as a team in the second half. It was a steamroll.'
Moody temporarily increased their lead to seven early on, but the Crusaders came charging back, putting up 55 points in the second half in an absolutely dominant performance.
'We played a complete game,' said Luke Folkerts, 'We had our ups and downs, but we overcame our slumps. Late in the second half, we took care of what we came to do and finished the game.'
Kyle Downing and Maurice Jordan both led the team with 16 points, while Devlin Jefferson also put in 14. Jordan and Troy Aubrey both had seven rebounds. The Crusaders shot 6/12 from beyond the arc and 48% overall.
This win propels the Crusaders into the conference tournament, where they have been named the number five seed, and will play #4 Maranatha Baptist at Grace College in Grand Rapids at 4:00 on Thursday. The winner will move on to the conference semi-final against #1 Northland International on Friday.