Crusaders outrun Community, 93-79
Zach Boggs made sure his team got off to a good start as Grace Christian hosted conference foe Community Christian Tuesday night. He also made sure the Crusaders held on to their lead late in the game.
Boggs went for a triple-double with 31 points, 25 in the second half, 11 assists, seven in the first eight minutes as the Crusaders jumped out to a big lead, and 11 rebounds as the Crusaders (8-9, 4-3) outran the Cyclones 93-79.
The Crusaders got the jump on the visitors, jumping out to a 7-2 lead which kept growing in a hurry.
Boggs, a junior guard, scored a couple hoops in the opening minutes, but he routinely found teammates running the floor. Post players William Kerr, who scored 10 in the opening quarter, and Braxton Diekhopf were the guys Boggs found the most for baskets. Grace Christian led 23-8 after a quarter.
Whether the Crusader fast break came off a turnover, a defensive board or even a Cyclone basket made little difference all night. A spell of sloppy play closing the first half was the only stretch when the Crusaders struggled.
The Cyclones made the Crusaders pay with a 12-0 run to cut Grace Christian's lead to 32-28. The Crusaders led 34-28 at halftime. The Cyclones scored four straight points to get back within six early in the third period.
Boggs broke Community's trapping and assisted to Diekhopf inside, then took another break and finished down the lane with a tough shot. A few seconds later, Drew Williams made a jump hook going across the lane taking the Crusader lead to 47-34 with 4:45 left in the third.
The Crusaders, on the way to netting 59 points in the second half, kept the scoreboard ticking over but never put the game out of reach.
Cyclone guard Rashed Dickens scored 31 points and grabbed 17 rebounds while backcourt mates Maliek Taybron and Christian Bullard added 15 points each.
In the fourth period, the Crusaders scored a four-point play with a hoop by Diekhopf while he was fouled, then on a missed free throw, Kerr got the board and a basket. One of three three-point plays Boggs scored on the night made it 67-52 Crusaders.
The Cyclones fought back as close as nine points down with 0:31 remaining. The last eight minutes were 33-33 on the scoreboard.
Kerr had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Diekhopf had 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Point guard Robert Fulton had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.
The Crusaders hit the road on back-to-back nights later this week, going to Vandalia Christian for a non-conference game Thursday night, then to Trinity Academy for a CCC game Friday night.