Crusaders Win in Varsity Basketball Opener

Basketball with ShieldIf Coach Chris Biehl seemed a little more anxious than usual before tip-off Thursday night, one could not blame him. The game marked the first varsity basketball game of the season for the Brother Martin Crusaders, as they took on the South Plaquemines Hurricanes.  What had Coach Biehl most concerned was experience, or a lack thereof.  Not a single starter for the Crusaders had ever played a minute in a varsity game.” I have coached inexperienced teams before, but I have never entered a game with five starters who were playing in their first varsity game.” In fact, only one player on the bench, Junior Blake Zamjahn, had any varsity game experience.  That lack of experience showed early as the Crusaders fell behind to the Hurricanes 8 to 2, but a late first quarter rally, sparked by Pattre’en Hughes’s eight first quarter points, put the Crusaders up 15 to 14 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Crusaders used a stifling press to extend its lead to 35-26 at the half. “Tyler Epps ran the point for us tonight.  He is the key to our success, and he was our floor general tonight,” Biehl said. The Crusaders were also led by Sophomore Jason Stant’s 12 points and 11 rebounds.  Tyler Lally added 12 points, and Samer Mosrie put in 11 points.  “I am very proud of the boys’ effort tonight, but we need to clean up some things on the defensive end.”  The Crusaders have some time to improve, but they defeated the South Plaquemines Hurricanes 62-43.

Catch the Crusaders play Mississippi’s powerhouse Madison-Richland Academy on Saturday, November 28th, 2015, at the Harrison Central Thanksgiving Shootout in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Congrats, Crusaders!