HOLY CROSS 49, RUMMEL 45
at Rummel, Tuesday (Jan. 28), Catholic League (District 9-5A)
Records: Holy Cross, 17-9 (4-2); Rummel, 14-9 (2-4)
HOW THE GAME WAS WON: 3 KEY MOMENTS
- Holy Cross had the advantage for much of Tuesday night’s district battle against Rummel, but a persistent Raiders squad just wouldn’t go away. After leading by as much as 25-13 in the first half, Holy Cross saw its lead shrink to 36-30 going into the fourth quarter. Rummel’s Bradley Smith then drilled a triple to open the third period, and later sank another long range shot that pulled the Raiders within 42-41 with 3:51 left in the game. Holy Cross maintained its composure, though, never allowing Rummel to take the lead, which was due in large part to their free throw shooting. The Tigers knocked down five of their seven attempts at the stripe over the last 2:58 to seal the win.
- Holy Cross looked like it was ready to pull away in the third quarter after taking a 32-23 lead with 4:23 left after a 3-pointer by Jeremy Lindsey. The Raiders responded, however, with a big and-one by Kade Rivera soon after to give themselves some momentum, which helped them close the gap to 36-30 going into the last eight minutes.
- Holy Cross looked to be on the brink of putting Tuesday’s game away early when a bucket by Tyler Kirkwood put them ahead 25-13 with 3:11 to go until halftime. Rummel fired back, though, with back-to-back triples by Colby Barrios and Kade Rivera to keep themselves in the game.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jeremy Lindsey, Holy Cross
Just as he has for much of the season, Lindsey led the way for Holy Cross both offensively and defensively. The 6-foot senior point guard finished with a game-high 16 points and also came up with four steals, all of which came in the opening quarter to help set the tone for the Tigers. He also hit two big free throws to put Holy Cross ahead 48-43 with 12.7 seconds left, and assisted on the Tigers’ previous bucket that gave them a 46-42 advantage with 53 seconds remaining.
- Rummel’s ball movement and patience on offense helped them stay within striking distance as Holy Cross was never able to get in much of a rhythm. The Raiders were able to win the time of possession battle while hitting some timely shots, but an experienced Holy Cross group with nine seniors was able to make enough plays down the stretch to pick up the win.
- Holy Cross is tied with Brother Martin for second place in the Catholic League. Both teams are 4-2 after wins on Tuesday night over Rummel and Shaw, 73-62.
- Holy Cross and Rummel will meet again on February 21 in what will be the regular season finale for both teams.
- Holy Cross and Rummel are Nos. 9 and 10, respectively, in the latest LHSAA Division I power rankings released last Tuesday (Jan. 21). There will be 12 teams in this year’s Division I playoff bracket.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Holy Cross | 13 | 12 (25) | 11 (36) | 13 – 49
Rummel | 7 | 13 (20) | 10 (30) | 15 – 45
Holy Cross: Jeremy Lindsey, 16; Tyler Kirkwood, 12; Donnell Byrd, 6; Michael Crossley, 4; Hunter Hidalgo, 4; Dominic Dejoie, 3; Miles Metze, 3; Aaron Ursin, 1.
Rummel: Kade Rivera, 14; Bradley Smith, 10; Rohan Johnson, 8; Colby Barrios, 8; Garrett Schmit, 3; Noah Davis, 2.
Up Next: Both Holy Cross and Rummel will continue Catholic League play on Friday. The Tigers travel to first-place St. Augustine for a 7:15 p.m. tip-off while Rummel will host Shaw. Holy Cross dropped the first matchup to St. Aug, 56-45, on Jan. 7 and Rummel lost to Shaw, 60-39, on Jan. 7 as well.