Crusaders Defeat Cats To Move Into Third

December 11, 2017

The NBL4 Men picked up their 3rd straight win, defeating Cambridge 92-50 on Saturday.

After a slow start, Crusaders controlled the game winning all 4 quarters and steadily pulling away throughout the game. A balanced attack, saw 8 different players score at least 8 points.

“Today was really pleasing,” said head coach Jesse Sazant. “There were a couple of times where we could have made excuses but never did. The blend between our seniors and academy guys is starting to really come together. We need to try and keep this momentum going. Outside of the first 5 minutes, I thought our defence was exceptional today.”

Crusaders started off slowly, as Cambridge raced out to a 14-5 lead in the opening 5 minutes. Tuned Oyerinde then reeled off 8 straight points, including 2 3s to give them some momentum. Three straight 3s from Chester Morell, Kalil Irving and then Morell again gave Crusaders the lead late in the quarter, a lead they would never relinquish.

After scoring the last 8 points of the first quarter, Crusaders went on a 12-2 run to start the second with Milo Gordon scoring 8 points. Late in the second, another 9-2 run from Crusaders was sparked by Jonathan Brown, giving them a 49-31 lead at the half.

The third quarter saw the teams trading baskets early, as Crusaders struggled to knock down shots. But another 14-0 run straddling the third and fourth quarter put the game out of reach. After a couple of scores by Cambridge, Elliot Bailey sparked another 9-0 run. After a few baskets form both teams, 3 straight scores from Ollie Dykes, gave Crusaers another 9-0 run for the eventual 92-50 win.

Brown led Crusaders with 19 points, while Oyerinde had 14, Dykes 12, Bailey and Gordon 10 each, Morrell 9 and Daniel Beard and Irving had 8 a piece.

Crusaders, who are now in third place in NBL4 South East, are on the road again next week as they face Folkestone Saints, who are also coming off a big win this weekend.