High School Basketball
Crusaders top Trinity, Hawks fall short
by Doug Gorman
Brentwood School and Heritage Christian took turns getting the best of GISA Region 2-AAA lineups during the first day of the Heritage School Christmas Tournament on Friday.
The Hawks would have loved to have the first half of Friday’s game against Brentwood back to open its host event.
Then maybe the outcome would have been different.
Instead, Friday’s game just will go down as a comeback that fell short in a 59-53 loss.
The Hawks couldn’t stop Brentwood’s long-range jumpers early and it showed as they fell behind 36-19 at the break.
Brentwood shot 50 percent (8 of 16) from 3-point territory and it translated into the large lead at the break.
The second half was a different story as Brookwood hit its own dry spell, allowing the Hawks to put together a second-half rally including outscoring Brentwood 20-6 in the third quarter to cut the lead to 46-39 heading into the final quarter.
The Hawks answered head coach Rusty Evans second-half wake-up call with some stellar defense by holding Brentwood without a score for the first six minutes of the third quarter.
During the comeback, the Hawks had 10 players contribute points.
“It was good to see us fight back the way we did,” Evans said. “That is one of the things we talked about. We got down, but we didn’t fold up our tents and quit in the second half. We keep fighting.”
Baskets by Cole Jones and Rich Yancey sparked the third-quarter comeback for the Hawks.
Cole Weatherton finished the game with three 3-point shots and scored 17 points to lead Brentwood to the win.
Brentwood’s Josh Mixon added 11, also finishing the game with three 3-pointers.
Yancey was the catalyst in the Hawks’ comeback, finishing with 23 points to lead all scorers.
Logan Smith scored 12 and Jones added 10 for the Hawks, with most of Jones’ coming in the paint.
The Hawks fought back to tie the game three times in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get over the hump.
“The good thing about basketball is you fight to play another day,” Evans said. “We need to forget about this game, so the quick turnaround is going to be good for us.”
Heritage Christian 47, Trinity Christian 39: The Crusaders didn’t let a first-half deficit get in the way of a late rally en route to a 47-39 victory over Trinity.
The Crusaders trailed 30-22 at the end of the first half, but outscored the Lions 27-9 in the final two quarters to rally for the win.
Heritage Christian held Trinity to just four points in the third quarter, taking a 36-34 lead going into the final period.
Raven Nuegg had the hot hand in the open minutes of the third quarter hit a basket and two free throws to help spark the Crusaders’ comeback.
Christian Wright cut the Trinity lead to 32-29 with a basket, but it was the shooting of Drew Spiller that tied the game a 32-32.
Spiller proved during the game he could shoot from both the inside and from long-range hitting a 3-pointer to tie the game.
Jacob Spiller also got into the act for the Crusaders with back-to-back baskets late in the third quarter, the latter pushing the Crusaders to a 36-34 lead.
Trinity took control of the game in the first quarter, scoring the bulk of their points thanks to 3-point shots.
The Lions knocked down three treys in the first two contest.
Daniel Jones hit three 3-pointers for the Lions and finished with 12 points.
Korey McGinnis added two three pointers and finished with six.
Action continues today in the boys half of the bracket with Trinity playing Brentwood at 1:30 p.m., and Heritage School and Heritage Christian playing at 4:30.