BY PCC STAFF
FORT MADISON – The Holy Trinity Crusaders dropped two games in two days as regional action looms next week.
The Crusaders fell 62-55 Friday night in the boy’s edition of the Southeast Iowa Superconference Shootout on the road at Lone Tree.
After spotting the Falcons a 5-point first quarter lead, the Crusaders closed the gap to just two points at the half behind Fehseke’s nine points.
Holy Trinity tied the score two minutes into the third period at 31, but Louisa-Muscatine went on a 9-2 run to lead 40-33. The Crusaders cut the lead two again at 42-40 with a 7-2 run to close out the third period.
Junior Quentin Schneider scored seven for the Crusaders in the third period.
Trailing by just four to start the final period, L-M turned to senior Karson Cantrell who broke loose for 10 points to help the Falcons to a 18-15 4th quarter advantage and seal the win. Hellige had five in the period for HTC.
Fesheke led Holy Trinity with 20 points followed by Schneider with 14, while Hellige had 13 for the 4-13 Crusaders. Brant Holtkamp had six and Adam Rauenbuehler had two in the loss.
On Thursday’s Senior Night, HTC couldn’t find an answer for Cardinal freshman Landon Becker who exploded for 31 points including eight three-pointers, as Cardinal ruined the night 57-55.
Becker was averaging less than seven points a game coming into the contest.
Senior Brant Holtkamp led the Crusaders with 14 points on the night and was fouled on a three-pointer in the final second with HTC down by three. Holtkamp hit the first, but missed the second and intentionally missed the third to try and get a quick put back but time expired.
The Crusaders held a seven point first half lead, but Becker hit six three pointers in the second half, three in each period and closed the gap to one at 42-41 going into the final period.
HTC had a four-point lead in the fourth quarter but a Becker 3-pointer with two minutes left tied up the game at 51.
Holtkamp and Hellige led the Crusaders with 14 Thursday night. Fehseke had nine points. Blake Crabtree and Kyle Bredemeyer each had six on the night. Schneider and Rauenbuehler both had four.
The Crusaders have three games this week taking on Burlington Notre Dame on Monday and then traveling to Central Lee on Tuesday. They wrap up the regular season on Thursday at home against WACO.
Regionals start on Feb. 14 in District 8. Holy Trinity takes on Pekin at Pekin High School starting at 7 p.m. The winner will face the winner of WACO and Lone Tree at a location to be determined.