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Crusaders continue their 18-0 run behind the 3-point storm of Snaadt and Hellige

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
CCP EDITOR

MEDIAPOLIS — A nasty fourth-quarter rally was just short for the Holy Trinity boys as the Crusaders slipped to 0-3 on the year with a 51-48 loss at Mediapolis on Saturday.

The Crusaders scored 21 points in the game’s final 4:30 and 18 points in the final 90 seconds to close the gap with a bucket with less than a minute to go, but HTC couldn’t get over the bump.

Senior Tyler Snaadt and rookie Luke Hellige each made three 3-pointers in the rally to help the Crusaders get back into the game. Hellige hit his 3 balls on three consecutive possessions. Snaadt finished with 14 points to lead HTC. Connor Gehling had 13 for the Crusaders.

Mediapolis took an 18-6 first quarter lead after HTC started with a 6-4 lead. The Bulldogs held HTC scoreless the rest of the first period.

The Bulldogs took a 34-15 lead, doubling the Crusaders at halftime, and held a 42-24 lead heading into the crazy fourth quarter that saw HTC go on an 18-0 run before ultimately falling short.

“I told the guys it’s like stepping into a cold pool. It’s uncomfortable and almost painful until you get used to the temperature,” Hellige said. “Then you relax and have fun as you adjust to the temperature and forget how cold the water is.

“We made incredible progress this week. Still a long way to go. »

On Friday, Maddox Rung had 11 points to lead Holy Trinity in a 56-38 loss to Cardinal on the road at Eldon. Holy Trinity was held scoreless in the first quarter with Cardinal a 13-0 lead, but moved things forward in the second to trail 28-11 at halftime.

The Crusaders trailed by 30 early in the fourth quarter, but beat Cardinal 22-9 in the fourth quarter, but the game was out of reach.

HTC hosts Van Buren in a girls/boys varsity dual program on Tuesday before heading to West Burlington on Friday night.