BY JOHN BOHNENKAMP
FORT MADISON – John Hellige had a message to his Holy Trinity boys basketball team before Tuesday’s home game with WACO.
Hellige told the Crusaders he was confident that they could show the type of offense that they have been showing in practice.
“I see it every day,” Hellige said.
The Crusaders delivered with a 77-40 victory.
It was the highest point total of the season for Holy Trinity (7-5 overall, 5-4 SEI Superconference South Division), which had been averaging 44.4 points over the last five games.
“I told them we needed to play with poise and confidence,” Hellige said. “And I thought we did that. We emphasized getting a good shot, and I thought we did that tonight.”
It started with Jason Thurman’s 3-pointer on the Crusaders’ first possession of the game, and it just kept going. Holy Trinity led 25-9 at the end of the first quarter and 43-17 at halftime.
The Crusaders added 21 more points in the third quarter, pushing the lead to as much as 37 points, leading to a running clock for the rest of the game.
Hellige was able to go deep into his bench.
“We have a lot of respect for WACO and (WACO coach) Paul Kissell is a good friend,” Hellige said. “We didn’t want to run up the score. It gave us a chance to play a lot of different guys.”
Jason Thurman and Vasin Thurman each had 19 points. Connor Gehling added 10. Mikey DiPrima had seven points, Kadin Medland had six, and Chandler Rung had five. Mitchell Pothitakis and Nick Fullenkamp each had three points.
“We have a lot of weapons,” Hellige said. “It was just a matter of getting them going.”
Simeon Reichenbach led WACO (1-9, 0-7) with 11 points.
The Crusaders play at Cardinal on Friday before playing host to Fort Madison on Saturday.
“I think we can be a dangerous team,” Hellige said. “Tonight, that’s the team I’ve been looking for.”