BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
DANVILLE – An eight-minute scoreless stretch between the 3rd and 4th quarter proved to be a dagger in the Holy Trinity boys basketball team’s 2020-21 season.
The Crusaders made an early exit in Class 1A District 8 action, with a 52-52 loss to Danville at Danville Monday night.
Head Coach John Hellige said losing Vasin and Jason Thurman, Chandler Rung and Kadin Medland will be tough on the Crusaders.
“We just couldn’t connect on baskets in the fourth quarter,” Hellige said.
“Our seniors Vasin, Chandler, Kadin and Jason will be missed.”
The Crusaders finished the year even at 11-11. Danville will travel to Springville to play Springville on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Holy Trinity jumped on the Bears early building a six-point lead at 12-6 with less than a minute to go. Danville would cut that lead to four at 12-8 at the end and then outscore HTC 14-10 in the second quarter to send the teams into the halftime break tied at 22.
Tyler Snaadt hit a 3-pointer to open the third and give HTC a 25-22 lead, and the Crusaders would stretch that to four at 31-27 with three minutes remaining in the period.
The Bears would then hold HTC scoreless for the next eight minutes and pulled away to a 40-31 lead on a 13-0 run that appeared to be too much to over come.
But a late rally capped by a Chandler Rung 3-pointer brought Holy Trinity back to within in four at 44-40 with less than two minutes remaining.
Danville would get hot from the free throw line as HTC tried to grab possessions hitting their last 12 points from the charity stripe with Ty Carr and Cadence Williams combining to go a perfect 8-of-8 down the stretch to seal the win.
Rung led HTC with 15 on the night. Vasin Thurman had 11. Snaadt finished with six, while Jason Thurman and Mikey DiPrima each added four points. Medland chipped in with two to round out the scoring.
Vasin Thurman finished the year just two points shy of 400. Jason Thurman wraps up his senior year with 240 points, while Rung had 234 and Medland had 92. Vasin Thurman also led the team in rebounds on the year with 214. Jason Thurman had 63 assists, which were top on the squad.