On Thursday night, Feb. 13, the Crusaders traveled to Minisink Valley High School to take on the Warriors in a non-league boys varsity basketball match up.
The Crusaders entered the game with a 6-11 record on the season and the Warriors stood at 12-3 so far this year.
In the first quarter, the teams were tied at six when Jared Fernandez hit a three-point shot at the end of the period to put the Crusaders up 9-6. Three-pointer would play an important role in the Crusaders' fate this evening.
In the second quarter, Josh Castro scored 11 of his game-high 21 points as the Crusaders pulled ahead 26-21 at the half.
In the third quarter, the Warriors fought back and tied the score at 31 with 3:30 left in the period, but a three-point shot by Jack Harris helped keep the Crusaders ahead by 3.
In the fourth quarter, the Warriors again tied the score at 37 with 4:46 left in the game. From there the two teams traded possessions until the Crusaders had a side inbound pass with less than 10 seconds left in the game.
First, Pablo Quinones inbounded the ball to Castro, who moved the ball upcourt to the top of the key.
Castro then passed to Harris on the wing who found Quinones behind the line at the top of the key, where buried the three-point shot at the buzzer to give the Crusaders the 47-44 victory.
The shot set off a bench clearing celebration by the Crusaders and brought their season record to 7-11.
The Crusaders will finish their season this week when they host the Middies on Tuesday and the Gladiators on Thursday night.
- William Dimmit