BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
DANVILLE – The patience and steady growth of a young HTC team was rewarded Friday night as the Holy Trinity boys basketball team knocked off Danville 82-73 on the road Friday night.
Sophomore Reed Fehseke scored a season-high 29 points to lead the Crusaders, followed by Quentin Schneider’s 20, a season-high for him as well.
HTC raced out to a 13-1 lead just four minutes into the first quarter, but the Bears cut the lead to eight 21-13 at the end of the period. Schneider led the Crusaders with eight points in the first quarter and Fehseke had a couple of 3s.
The Southeast Iowa Superconference South Division leading scorer, Max Wilcox, scored 16 points on the night, but only converted one bucket. He was 14-14 from the free throw line.
The Crusaders kept the 8-point lead through the second quarter heading into the lockerroom with a 42-34 edge. In the third quarter, the Bears cut the lead to four at 42-38 opening on a 4-0 run, but the Crusaders then went on 12-4 run of their own to push the lead to 54-42, sparked by nine on three 3-pointers from Fehseke.
The Bears wouldn’t get any closer than 10 the rest of the night as they went into foul mode to try and slow the clock and get possession but the Crusaders hit 7 of 13 on the way to the win.
Matt Hellige had 12 points inside the paint for HTC followed by Collin Thornton’s 11, Brant Holtkamp’s eight, while Blake Crabtree scored two.
“We did a great job on defense and we were strong with the ball on the Danville press,” Head Coach John Hellige said. “We shot really well and took care of the ball. Defensive rebounding was much better.
Hellige said the win was a testament to the team’s patience during the year and teamwork.
“The boys have been working really hard and Jay and I were hoping the boys would be rewarded for that hard work,” he said. “Quentin was very explosive driving to the hoop and Blake played terrific from an overall floor game. Matt was tough inside. He and Quentin both had 10 rebounds and that was huge for us. It was a team effort. Even the kids on the bench were enthusiastic and energetic.
The Crusaders move to 4-13 on the season and travel to Wapello on Tuesday.
In the junior varsity game, the Crusaders won 61-41 behind Jason Thurman’s 18 points and Jake Eaves’ 16 points.