E/K-M boys hoops can't complete comeback in 71-62 loss to WTC

Jan. 6—JAMESTOWN — The Williston Trinity Christian boys' basketball team got clutch baskets down the stretch that saw them hold off a furious Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier comeback attempt in a 71-62 win on Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

The Crusaders got out to a quick 8-2 lead before the Rebels stormed back to cut the deficit to 13-8. The Crusaders punched back though as they were able to push their lead out to 20-10 heading into the third quarter.

The Rebels played well early in the second quarter as they were able to cut their deficit down to 21-17. The Crusaders were able to stretch the lead out to 31-25 heading into the half.

"They come out and they shot the ball really well again," Rebels head coach Kevin Strobel said. "Our defense maybe wasn't quite where we wanted it but really they hit some shots, they were threes again, contested threes some of them. It's one of those deals, you just gotta give them a little credit."

The Crusaders (4-1) kept it up early in the second half as they were able to push their lead out to 34-25. After the Rebels (5-3) slashed their deficit down to 36-33, the Crusaders their way through the rest of the quarter as they headed into the final quarter up 50-43.

The Rebels hit a three to cut their deficit down to 60-52, which kicked off a huge run that saw them get all the way back into the game at 60-57. However, the Crusaders responded with an 8-0 run to dash any hopes of a Rebels comeback at 68-57.

"We hit shots. Basketball is such a game of momentum. When we get the momentum going in our favor, we play well when we're rolling, when we're moving the ball. Kai Thomas, he's a great player, but it's more playing off of him and not just giving it to him and making him do it all because teams are trying to stop him."

The Rebels return to the court at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, when they take on Sargent County.

E/K-M 62, WTC 71

E/K-M: 10 15 18 19 — 62

WTC: 20 11 19 21 — 71