EBC Day Fifteen: Crusaders vs. H3
The opening minutes see A-Butta steal the show with his usual array of crossovers, head-fakes and circus layups, but H3’s apparent inability to play defence allow Crusaders to tie it up at 9-9 with a pair of free throws. Back-to-back pull-up jumpers by The Pharmacist briefly give them the lead, but the ease with which H3 get to the basket in halfcourt sets means that their slow-down tactics allow them to stay a couple of points ahead for the next few minutes.
The emergence of “J-High” and “Antifreeze” looks as if it’ll signal the moment at which H3 grab the game for themselves, but it merely negates the multiple misses by their teammates. Crusaders regain their composure following a timeout with ninety seconds left in the half, taking two trips to the charity stripe around a fastbreak layup to once again go up, although H3 quickly respond with a board and putback that gives them a 24-23 lead at the half.
When Crusaders throw the ensuing inbounds pass away, H3 put the game beyond doubt with a breakaway bucket that gives them a 57-52 advantage. A meaningless reverse layup in the final second by Crusaders gives us a final score of 59-54, H3 barely escaping what would have been an embarrassing loss.
– CYE in NYC