By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The difference last Tuesday night in the Tipton-Rosemark Academy Gymnasium was a few three-pointers falling for one team and the long range bombs of the other squad missing their target.
While the FACS Crusaders couldn’t miss from the outside in the first quarter, the host Rebels were off the mark from behind the arch falling behind 25-8 after one quarter. The Crusaders held off TRA to win the game 63-47.
Despite the double-digit defeat, the Rebels had a few highlights like point guard Johnie Sanfratello’s clever inbound scoring play. In the second quarter Sanfratello received the ball from one official to inbound the basketball. One of the Crusaders had his back turned to Sanfratello. So the guard tossed the ball off his back, stepped into the court to retrieve the ball for a layup.
Although the Rebel fans had a reason to cheer, the score was still 25-14 in favor of FACS. The Crusaders continued their solid shooting to build a 43-19 lead at the break.
In the third quarter TRA made a 13-3 run to make the score 46-32. Conner Sanders was the spark for the Rebels during that rally with a steal for a layup, a couple of foul shots and three-pointer. But FACS survived the TRA comeback attempt to maintain a 50-32 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
The Crusaders kept pace with the Rebels in the final period only being outscored 15-13.