(Notre Dame, IN) The Holy Cross Men's Basketball Team took on the visiting Trolls of Trinity Christian in CCAC Division II basketball action.
The Saints were looking to win their game third in a row, and move up to second in the CCAC Standings Wednesday night. Holy Cross took care of business, and moved into second place beating Trinity Christian 63-61.
The Saints opened up the game in the first five minutes leading the Trolls 17-9. Holy Cross did a nice job of mixing good defense and turning that defense into points throughout the first half. The Saints used a 9-4 run at the end of the half to lead the Trolls 34-21 heading into the locker room.
Junior Yama Kader (Mission Viejo, CA) led all scorers in the first half with 11 points as he went 2-3 from behind the three point line. Freshman Zoe Bauer (Culver, IN) provided a much needed spark off the bench by going 2-2 from behind the three point line and scoring 6 points.
"I thought we played really well in the first half. We needed to do a better job on the defensive rebounding, but we were forcing a lot of turnovers that I think led to our thirteen point lead at half. If we could continue that energy I thought we definitely win the game," said Head Coach Bob Schermerhorn.
The second half proved to be a little more to handle for the Saints than the first. The Saints kept their lead to about 10 points for most the half until the final five minutes. The Saints led 60-50, but they only scored three more points for the remainder of the game. Holy Cross fought off an 11-3 run in the final five minutes to beat the visiting Trolls of Trinity Christian 63-61.
Kader led all scorers with 19 points. Senior J.T. Breveard (South Bend, IN) added 9 points and 5 assists, and senior Adam Dobrzykowski (South Bend, IN) added 8 points and hauled in 5 rebounds for the Saints.
"It was a good win for us. I thought we played well up until the last five minutes, but the guys held on strong and I was proud of them for that," said Coach Schermerhorn.
Holy Cross has now won three games in a row. They improve their overall record to 10-12. The ten wins is the first time in Holy Cross Men's Basketball that they have ever won double digit games in a season. They are 4-4 in the CCAC, and sit at second place in the standings. The Saints play Judson on Saturday at Judson and tipoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.