For athletes, there is no greater rush than playing a game well. It makes the early morning practices, the hill sprints, and the sore muscles all have a purpose. There is something about playing on a team that really brings out the best in people. When you look at the scoreboard and know?whatever the end result is?that you have played your hardest, it all makes sense. This is everything you have worked for?it?s the reason you pushed through all those tough practices.
The Christendom Crusaders dropped their second game of the season, losing to the Randolph College Wildcats to even their record at 1-1. The Crusaders struggled in the first half to score the basketball, putting up only 11 points and being repeatedly beat in the lane and in transition.
Christendom’s athletic department is celebrating one of its finest years in sports, due in a large part to the efforts of the college’s senior student-athletes, both this season and over the course of their four years at Christendom. Of the sixteen senior athletes, each played key roles on their teams, leading the Crusaders to great success this year, and leaving a legacy of sportsmanship and perseverance that the college will remember for years to come.
The men’s basketball team played Southern Virginia University’s JV on Tuesday night in their final home contest of the semester. The Crusaders came out flat and allowed Southern Virginia to build a lead to nearly 20 points in the beginning of the game. With about 4 minutes left to play in the first half, Christendom’s defensive energy and team pressure sparked some quick lay-ups and transition jump shots to give the team some life. Offensively, drives and finishes at the rim by Johnny Echaniz and three-point jumpers by Pete Day, Jerome Norton, and Stephen Foeckler brought the team to pull within 13 points at halftime.
The Crusaders took their first home loss of the season against the Wildcats of Randolph College to bring their home record to 2-1 at home and their overall record to 2-4. The Crusaders often struggled to produce offensively against Randolph’s tenacious defense, but there were times that the young Crusaders team moved the ball quite well, broke down their smothering defense and got quality shots.
The Crusaders won what became a rather one sided game on Tuesday night, defeating the Warriors of Appalachian Bible college with a score of 91-63. Junior Stephen Foeckler led the charge with 24 points. The Crusaders moved the ball well, and as a result there was a spike in the amount of assists this category being led by Foeckler and fellow junior Joseph Pennefather, both with 4.
In their second game of the Invitational, the Christendom men’s basketball team played Warren Wilson from Asheville, North Carolina. Saturday afternoon’s game for the Crusaders started well with Stephen Foeckler getting a pass from Nick Santschi and hitting a three pointer to go up 3-0. They battled back and forth but found themselves unable to break Warren Wilson’s full court press consistently and their half court pressure and trapping defense got the best of Christendom’s young team in the first half and they found themselves in another tough situation.
The Christendom men’s basketball team travelled south to Charlotte, North Carolina this past weekend to Johnson & Wales University for the Johnson & Wales Invitational. On Friday night, November 13, they had the tough task of playing the host team, which were defending semi-finalists the season before in the USCAA tournament.
Your Christendom Crusaders won a scrappy game against the Keydets of VMI to improve to a 1-1 overall record. The Crusaders were led by freshman Patrick Pennefather’s 24 points. While there are still many things that the young team has to work on, as displayed by a messy first half, they showed a certain mental toughness in closing out the last several minutes of the game that is not often found in a team as young as they are.