Clutch Free-Throws Help Crusaders Advance

Clutch Free-Throws Help Crusaders Advance Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI Sports

(KNSI) - From the first tip, it was tough to tell which team was Section 6AA's third-seed and which was the sixth-seed.

Although the Crusaders scored the first five points, the next 10 went to the Cardinals.

Jacob Stolzenberg then hit a big three-pointer to bring the score to 16-14.

After a big steal by Jackson Jangula, he then dished off a beautiful pass to Andrew Weisser to even things up at 16.

Continuing with the low-scoring theme, both teams missed consecutive shots to keep things knotted up at 16 for nearly two minutes of action.

Annandale opened scoring up once again by scoring five points on one possession to finish the first half up 21-16.

Logan Purcell grabbed and put-back a big offensive rebound to put Annandale up 23-16 to start the second half but that is where things unraveled for the Cardinals.

Sam Schneider then hit a big three-point shot to bring Cathedral within two.

Jangula then tied the score at 23 with another quick steal and a beautiful left-hand drive to the hoop.

On Cathedral's next offensive series, Jangula then gave the Crusader's their first lead at 26-23 with a big three-pointer.

Jangula continued to ignite the Crusader crowd with a three-point-play after driving to the basket and making the free throw.

Down 31-23, Annandale scored a much needed basket but Jangula stretched the Crusader lead 34-25 with another deep three.

With the score 38-28 in favor of Cathedral, Purcell cut the deficit by two with a hard-fought drive to the lane.

With 2:17 left in the game, Schaefer and Jangula took over the game with their consistent free-throw-ability.

After four-straight perfect trips to the stripe, Jangula put the Crusaders up 44-33.

With only 1:42 left on the clock, the Cardinals kept fouling but the Crusaders answered by making eight-straight free-throws.

Finishing 16 of 19 on free-throws, including a perfect 13 for 13 out of their top duo of Jangula and Schaefer, Cathedral rolled into the semi-finals by the score of 49-33.

Jangula topped all scorers with 19 points and Schaefer was next with 12.

Annandale finishes the year with a 12-16 record; the Crusaders will take their 21-7 record against second-seeded Albany on Wednesday, March 13th.

Tip-off for a trip to the Section 6AA Championship will be at 7:00 p.m. and can be heard on KNSI and the KNSI Sports Network.

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