The 2nd game in the double header was a rematch between Father Henry Carr & Bill Crothers S.S, two teams trending in opposite directions since their previous match. Since they first met on February 8th, Henry Carr has only managed to get 1 win in 5 games but they’re hoping to get a victory over a familiar opponent. Bill Crothers however still hasn’t slowed down and finished the month of February with a perfect 4-0 record.
Right from the tip-off both sides exchanged baskets at a blistering pace. Ball movement was remarkable as every player looked for the extra pass. With such prolific offenses, the margin of error was incredibly small before the opponent could capitalize. Henry Carr racked up more mistakes through turnovers and missed mid-range jumpers that Bill Crothers converted into transition scores. Not settling for shots outside of the paint, the Colts were able to score on virtually every trip down the floor. The mistakes by the crusaders weren’t plentiful but it resulted in an 11-point deficit at the end of the 1st.
The end of the first quarter didn’t result in a change of styles as the teams still charged up and down the floor. The Colts’ 27-16 lead quickly grew to 39-23 at the halfway mark of the 2nd quarter. With the pace of the offense at both ends, defense was hard to establish. Jayden Coke (19 points) and Emanuel Miller (25 points) displayed incredible individual defense whenever called upon in addition to their impressive scoring performances. Contributing in every way from blocks, steals and 3-point bombs, the Colts duo was a huge part of BCSS creating a 20-point lead at half time. Henry Carr simply weren’t able to score on a few opportunities and the pace of the game didn’t end up playing to their advantage as the game progressed.
The Crusaders had a large mountain to overcome starting the 3rd quarter trailing 33-53. Mychael Paulo (17 points) came out of the gate with a long-range bomb for Bill Crothers but the Colts were unfazed and quickly responded. Jayden Coke was still a huge part of the Bill Crothers offense but Emanuel Miller was the one to wreak havoc on the Crusader defense. Both guards, standing at 6’6, put their height to good use when looking for scoring opportunities and swatting shots out of the air. Henry Carr initially had success in their change of pace by slowing down their offence, which limited their turnovers, but later in the frame the same issued creeped up once again and their deficit grew to as much as 25-points. The Crusaders went on a few small runs but were unable to hold any ground that they gained on their opponent.
Starting the 4th quarter with a 75-53 lead, the chances for Henry Carr to make a comeback were already slim to none. The frame started identically to the one prior with a long score by Paulo but the Colts were quick to respond. Due to the deficit, the Crusaders were evidently looking to leap back through big shots and amped up their defensive intensity. Henry Carr’s Shae Brown (22 points) was aggressive in passing lanes and attacked the rim relentlessly, which netted him a lot of free throw attempts. The rest of the team followed suit but when they didn’t come up with a steal they found themselves out of position and the Colts capitalized as they did all game. Shae Brown took it upon himself to not let his team down and he led the charge at a late comeback, bringing the Crusaders with within 12 in the last 2 minutes and 8 in the last 40 seconds. Unfortunately for them, there wouldn’t be enough time left and Bill Crothers hung onto a 105-94 lead for the win.
Winning this game by the same margin as their previous matchup (11 points), Bill Crothers S.S stays on the heels of the other top teams and show virtually no signs of slowing down. They stay at home for their next matchup as they host Vaughan S.S on March 3rd, tip-off at 7pm. Father Henry Carr unfortunately end another game with a loss despite their stellar play and ability to keep up with the competition. They return home for another quick matchup against Southwest Academy before heading back on the road to end the season. Their next game is scheduled for March 2nd, tip-off at 3:45pm.