Crusaders go on 18-0 run behind Snaadt’s and Hellige’s 3-pointer storm
BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
MEDIAPOLIS – A wicked fourth quarter rally came up just short for the Holy Trinity boys as the Crusaders slipped to 0-3 on the year with a 51-48 loss at Mediapolis Saturday.
The Crusaders scored 21 points in the final 4:30 of the game, and 18 points in the last 90 seconds to cut the gap to a bucket with less than a minute to go, but HTC couldn’t get over the hump.
Senior Tyler Snaadt and freshman Luke Hellige each nailed three 3-pointers in the rally to help the Crusaders get back into the game. Hellige hit his 3-balls on three straight possessions. Snaadt finished with 14 points to lead HTC. Connor Gehling had 13 for the Crusaders.
Mediapolis pulled to a 18-6 first quarter lead after HTC started with a 6-4 lead. The Bulldogs held HTC scoreless the rest of the 1st period.
The Bulldogs would jump ahead 34-15, doubling up the Crusaders at the half, and held a 42-24 lead going into the crazy fourth quarter that saw HTC put up an 18-0 run before finally falling short.
“I told the guys it’s like when you get into a cold pool. It’s uncomfortable and is almost painful until you get used to the temperature,” Hellige said. “Then you relax and have fun when you adjust to the temperature and you forget how cold the water is.
“We’ve made amazing strides this week. Still a long ways to go.”
On Friday, Maddox Rung had 11 points to lead Holy Trinity in a 56-38 loss to Cardinal on the road in Eldon. Holy Trinity was held scoreless in the first quarter sporting Cardinal a 13-0 lead, but got things going in the second to trail 28-11 at the half.
The Crusaders trailed by 30 going into the fourth quarter, but outscored Cardinal 22-9 in the fourth quarter, but the game was out of reach.
HTC hosts Van Buren in a varsity girls/boys doubleheader on Tuesday before traveling to West Burlington on Friday night.