Crusaders outrun Colts for CCC win
Zach Boggs, mostly from the outside, poured in 33 points and William Kerr, mostly right around the hoop, added 21 points, leading Grace Christian to an 81-66 victory over Carolina Christian Conference opponent Crossroads Christian Friday night.
Boggs rained in six three-pointers while also giving the Crusaders six rebounds, six assists and four steals. He sparked key runs which got the Crusaders off to a good start in the first period, then turned a single-digit game into a big Crusader lead shortly into the third quarter.
Boggs lighting up the scoreboard is relatively routine for the Crusaders though. Kerr was back in action for the Crusaders for the first time in a few weeks and gave Grace another major contributor immediately.
"He made a big impact," said head coach Joel Murr. "Without Will, I'm not sure we win this game."
Boggs scored five points as the Crusaders jumped out to a 7-2 lead. The Crusaders kept the tempo high throughout. Boggs dished assists for lay-ins by Kerr and Keyshawn Wright as the Crusaders kept going to a 15-7 lead. Grace Christian led 23-15 after the first period.
Zack Norris, the Colt center, had 11 points and four blocks in the first quarter and finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. Also on the Colt frontcourt, Holden Hedgepeth had 20 points and Reid Sudheimer had eight points and 10 rebounds.
For the most part though, the Crusader running and shooting prevailed. Even when the Colts scored, the Crusaders raced the ball the other way, sometimes getting a lay-up, or a Boggs three-pointer, before the Colt defense could react. The Crusaders also forced a 22-16 turnover advantage.
A 7-0 Colt run trimmed Grace Christian's lead to 39-31 late in the first half and the Crusaders led 42-33 at halftime. Kerr scored 12 points in the half.
With Crossroads Christian within seven less than two minutes into the third period, Boggs took over with three three-pointers during an 11-0 Crusader run and Grace Christian led 55-37 with 3:58 left in the period. The Crusaders kept a double-digit lead the rest of the contest.
Robert Fulton scored four points and gave out 12 assists. Fulton, an experienced senior for coach Murr, is one of the Crusaders who coach credits with stepping up while Kerr was out.
"Rob's a guy who's in the gym all the time working on his game," Murr said. "He's in here passing against the wall and working on his shot, so I'm glad to see that kind of stat line for Rob.
"It's always fun for a point guard to get the ball to guys in good spots, and then those guys score and you get the assists," said Murr.
Braxton Diekhopf had five points and seven boards. Wright and Kain Godwin scored six points each.
The win stopped a three-game skid, including two CCC losses earlier in the week, for the Crusaders (7-9, 3-3). The CCC schedule continues Tuesday with the Crusaders hosting Community Christian at 6:30 p.m.