(Whiting, Ind.) After struggling to find wins during the month of January, the Holy Cross Saints men's basketball squad put together an impressive performance against fellow Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) member Calumet College of St. Joseph Wednesday evening. A game in which they never trailed, the Saints received impressive offensive performances from a number of players en route to their 80-55 win over the Crimson Wave.
A strong first half, led by Brandon Evans (Grand Rapids, Mich.), got things going in the first half for the Saints. Evans was on point in leading the Saints throughout the first 20 minutes, scoring 11 points and pulling down 3 rebounds. Dane Okuda (Huntington Beach, Cali.) came off the bench to score 8 first half points including going 2-for-2 from beyond the arc. At the break, the Saints held onto a 38-28 lead over Calumet St. Joe.
At the break, the Saints had shot 16-for-37 (43.2%) from the floor and 4-for-10 (40%) from beyond the arc. They also made the most of the mistakes by the Crimson Wave turning 8 turnovers into 9 points.
With the second half underway, the offense for Holy Cross had picked up where it left off. After Calumet St. Joe cut lead to 8 points with the first basket of the half, the Saints put together an impressive 14-to-2 run to extend their lead to 20 points after senior Yama Kader (Mission Viejo, Cali.) knocked down a big three-pointer off a pass from Mike Vander Ploeg (Kalamazoo, Mich.).
The offensive momentum continued for the Saints over the second half with both Zoe Bauer (Culver, Ind.) and Yama Kader recording double digit scoring in the second half.
An impressive 14-for-29 (48.3%) from the field in the second half, the Saints outscored the Crimson Wave 42-27 over the game's final 20 minutes on their way to an 80-55 victory which ended their six game losing streak, and splitting the season series 1-1.
"What a big win for our team," coach Schermerhorn said. "It has been a tough month for us, no question. I was very impressed with the execution we had on both ends of the floor. We were able to make the most of our possessions and get key stops when we needed them. It was an all-around big win for our team as we look to close out the regular season on a positive note."
The Saints were led by four players who scored at least 15 points in the game. Zoe Bauer paced the way with a game high 18 points on 7-for-13 from the field and 4-for-9 from three. Brandon Evans scored 17, Yama Kader 16, and Dane Okuda 15 off the bench. Kader also recorded a career high 8 assists.
Mike Vander Ploeg and Parker Dominguez (Santa Clarita, Cali.) each finished with 9 rebounds.
The Saints (11-14, 7-12), will continue on the road with their next matchup set to take place on Saturday, February 2nd against the Judson Eagles. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST.