SLA Crusaders Blow Their First Game

There was a lot of hype and excitement building up to the SLA Crusaders’ first game of the season on Saturday, December 10th. The opposing team? The cocky Main South Cougars.

Picture Courtesy of Ethan Comley

The starters for the Crusaders were Adrian Olivera, Daanan Hall, Adam Gagnon, Helio Ferreira, and Nathan Grunder in place of the injured Eduardo Cunha. Despite losing Eduardo to internal bruising, the Crusaders were ready to win their first game and protect their home court.

The Crusaders were down 8-7 in the 2nd quarter but two quick buckets put them up 11-8. They lost the lead later in the 2nd and the game was tied 13-13. Then the Cougars outscored them 10-5 to take a 23-18 lead at the half.

The Crusaders were not ready to lose though and came out ready to take the lead back in the 3rd. They didn’t. After many hard pushes the team kept slashing the deficit to 4 points, but couldn’t take the lead. Crusader head coach David Cady was livid about this and told his squad if they didn’t have a 4 point lead at the end of the 3rd quarter,  he would pull the players out and put in the subs.

The team failed and Coach Cady  put in the subs until his starters had regrouped physically and mentally before going back in. They once again fought back for the lead and came within 4 points, and again fell apart. This continued until the final buzzer sounded, losing their first game at home 51-43.

The high scorer for the Crusaders was Helio Ferreira with 15 points. The Crusaders’ other scorers were: Adrian Olivera with 11 points, Adam Gagnon with 10 points, Ethan Comley with 6 points, and Nathan Grunder with 1 point.

The Cougars’ high scorer was Timothy Wilkins, who had 20 points. The Cougars other scorers were: Lakedras Wright with 13 points, Kwaku Amponsah with 9 points, Jaimorri Sanders with 6 points, Hector Miron with 2 points, and Scott Barrett who had 1 point.

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Posted on December 15, 2011, in Sports, Top Stories and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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