The Crusaders traveled to Goshen Friday night, Jan. 24, for a non-league match up with John S. Burke Catholic High School.
The Crusaders entered the game with a 4-7, having lost to Kingston in overtime in their last game before the midterm exam week.
The two teams traded baskets in the first quarter with the Crusaders taking a 15-14 lead behind Will Fuchs' eight points.
The Eagles offense came alive in the second quarter as they scored 16 points and pulled to a 30-23 lead at the half.
The Crusaders came out after the half and tightened their defense as they held the Eagles to six points in the quarter. Meanwhile, Jared Fernandez sparked the Crusader offense with four points as the Crusaders cut the Eagles' lead to four points.
The Crusaders charged into the fourth and tied the score at 36 with 5:40 left in the game. The Eagles retook the lead by three points before Josh Castro retied the score with an old-fashioned three-point play with 1:55 left in the game.
From there, both teams had a possession but they both came up empty before Castro stepped to the line and put the Crusaders up by 1 with 37 seconds left.
The Eagles had the ball with time to run one last play and when a Crusader defender slipped. It looked like the Eagles had the game but the short jumper didn’t go in.
Castro got the rebound and took it the length of the court and laid it off the glass just as the buzzer sounded to give the Crusaders a 43-40 victory.
The Crusaders' victory brings their record to 5-7 on the season. Their next game will be Saturday morning when they travel to Hyde Park to face the Presidents of FDR High School.
- William Dimmit