The Crusaders Basketball Academy based at The Canterbury High School picked up their third consecutive win in the British Colleges Elite Division as they thrashed Coulsden College 88-36. A dominating defensive performance was the key to victory, which was acheieved despite 4 of their top 8 players (Kalil Irving, Gary Noakes, Dave Tait and Ryan Palmer) not being available.
Head Coach Jesse Sazant was most pleased with their professional approach onn the day. “We had some key guys missing and could have made excuses but the leadership and focus the players showed on the floor was excellent.”
After Coulsden opened the scoring with a 3, Canterbury High reeled off 9 straight points with Disraeli Lufadeju and Andy Chiguiri doing the majority of the scoring. Coulsden briefly stopped the run with a basket before Lufadeju and Chiguiri sparked another 9-0 run as the Crusaders pulled out to a 18-5 lead.
The second quarter featured more of the same as the Crusaders suffocated Coulsden on defence, while offensively Chiguiri kept finding gaps in the zone and Lufadeju kept attacking the basket. By halftime the lead had stretched to 37-14.
After trading baskets for the first 3 minutes of the second half, Rob Vassie took over the game hitting a trifecta of 3 pointers as part of a 20-0 run that put the game out of reach. By the end of the 3rd quarter, Canterbury High led 69-55.
Back to back 3s from Nathan Mills kept them rolling in the final quarter as the Crusaders gave everyone significant playing time. Tom Solley scored 11 4th quarter points as they continued to stretch their lead to the final 52 point margin.
Chiguiri top scored with 19 points, followed closely by Lufadeju and Vassie with 17 each and Solley with 13.
Sazant summed up the win saying, “Our guys are starting to understand the focus and decision making that they need to be a success at both ends of the floors. This was a great result but we need to keep improving and moving forward.”