By: Tuesday and Friday
Trevon Maughn had 34 points and Kabongo Ngalukukondi added 15 points to lead the Crusaders to a 68 to 64 win over Londonderry. The Crusaders foot is now halfway into the Glass Slipper as they look to take on Central next Monday at 7:30 pm.
This was not your normal 12/4 game. This was an even game before tap off. Even though Londonderry beat Memorial by 22 points back in December, I don’t think anyone expected anything but a close game this time. Londonderry found the rim early and often in the 1st quarter, as in the back part of the rim. The Lancers seemed tight playing at home in front of their crowd. Memorial had a 13 to 6 1st quarter lead with 45 seconds left. A 3 by Cody Ball, a 3 by Coveney and a 2 by Ball gave the Lancers a 14 to 13 lead at the end of the first.
Memorial eased into the 2nd quarter led by Maughn who scored 9 points. Freshman Craig Preston hit a 3 and Memorial seemed to feel real comfortable playing in the Lancer gym. The Crusaders started asserting themselves on the glass out rebounding the Lancers. Memorial took a 29 to 27 lead at halftime, but you could feel the momentum was on the Crusader’s side.
Trevon Maughn started the 2nd half in full stride by hitting a 3 and a 2. A Malo Roumraj layup with 6:32 left in the 3rd made it 36 to 27 Memorial. Maughn continued a torrid pace for the rest of the 3rd quarter scoring 14 points on an array of inside and out moves. It was becoming apparent memorial was a stronger team on the glass and in transition. Londonderry was in definite trouble heading into the 4th quarter.
The Lancers would have mini runs in the 4th quarter, but the Crusaders were never seriously threatened as they maintained a solid 4 to 8 point lead. If Londonderry missed then Memorial cleaned the glass very strongly. The Lancers got into the foul and hope game with about 4 minutes left. The Crusaders answered nicely going 12 for 14 from the FT line in the last stanza. Craig Preston hit a dagger 3 and hit 2 big free throws in the 4th to thwart the comeback by Londonderry.
Junior Cody Ball had 20 points to lead the Lancers. Do it all guard Drew Coveney finished with 13 points. Coveney had a very good game and a very good season coming back from a knee injury that sidelined him for most of last season. He had a valiant game and an All State season. Max Coleman played well in his last game in a Lancer uniform by scoring 11 points.
Maughn and Kabongo were simply too much for the Lancers tonight. They combined for 49 points and were just too quick and too strong for any Lancer defender. Malo Roumraj, while only scoring 6 points, rebounded well and was a force defensively. The slender sophomore gives Memorial much needed length. Maughn is the hottest scorer left in the D1 boys playoffs. He scores in quick bunches and can change the complexion of a game in the blink of an eye.
Can Memorial beat Central in the semifinals? It will be a difficult game for Memorial. Even though they didn’t have Kabongo in their regular season game the Crusaders lost by 40 points and were never really in the game. The Crusaders will have to make sure they stick around with Central at halftime and then take the 2nd half from there. They must avoid giving Central a big lead early. One thing the Crusaders have going for them is they are behaving on the court and getting along. They are caring and pulling for each other. Jack Quirk is actually sitting down somewhat relaxed for the majority of the game.
JACK IS SITTING DOWN AND RELAXED !! Will this mean Cinderella Crusader will get the glass slipper ¾ of the way on by 9:00 pm this coming Monday? We’ll just have to wait and see.