WILLARD — The Colonel Crawford Eagles were the last remaining area boys basketball team vying for a regional playoff berth. However, the St.Peter’s Spartans had other plans.
On Friday March 10, the Spartans ended the postseason run of the Eagles by defeating Colonel Crawford, 59-42.
This district finals match up was a tale of two very different halves. Colonel Crawford found themselves trailing after the first eight minutes of play, 17-13. The Eagles would turn up the intensity on both sides of the ball, scoring 14 on offense and allowing only nine St.Pete’s points to head into halftime with a 27-26 advantage. The Spartans would use the intermission to regroup and came out in the third to outscore Crawford 14-8. Heading into the final quarter, the Spartans, now with a five-point advantage, continued to hold down the Eagles’ offense. The fourth quarter was all St.Pete’s, 19-7 en route to the 17-point victory.
Cameron McCreary was the only Eagles player in double figures for the contest. McCreary finished the game with 19 points to go along with four rebounds, five assists and two steals. Gavin Feichtner chipped in eight points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal. Harley Shaum added seven points and 10 rebounds. Heath Starkey, playing in his final high school game and Colonel Crawford’s only senior, scored just four points while grabbing five rebounds, dishing out one assist and swatting four blocks. Jordan Fenner scored two and grabbed a board and Broday Martin also added two points and two boards to finish Crawford’s stats.
Eagles’ stat line: 10/24 (42%) from the interior, 6/16 (38%) from the perimeter; 4/5 (80%) from the free-throw line; 25 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, three steals and 14 turnovers.
Four of the five Spartans that scored against the Eagles finished in double figures. Tyson Kent was the top scorer for St.Peter’s, finishing with 18 points. Jared Jakubick had 12 points, Mason Campbell had 11 and Elijah Cobb had 10 points. Jake Gurski scored the remaining eight points for the Spartans.
Spartans’ state line: 16/34 (47%) from the interior, 7/15 (47%) from the perimeter; 6/6 (100%) from the free-throw line; 23 total rebounds and four turnovers.
St.Peter’s will now face off against the North Baltimore Tigers in a regional semi-final matchup on Tuesday March 14. The Tigers and Spartans will meet up at Bowling Green State University and tip-off is scheduled for 6:15 pm.
Congratulations to head coach David Sheldon and his Eagles’ squad on their superb regular season and their postseason run!