Texas High School Basketball - Cypress Springs ripped by Strake JesuitNovember 17, 2009: Houston, TX 77036
The Strake Jesuit Crusaders basketball team scored 90 points and held the visiting Cypress Springs Panthers to 66 in the Crusaders non-league triumph on Tuesday.
The Crusaders now sport a 1-0 record. They put it on the line next when they travel to Washington for a non-league contest on Tuesday, November 24.
The Panthers (0-1) will now prepare for their contest against Aldine (Houston, TX). The Mustangs enter the non-league contest with a 0-0 record.
The 1st quarter opened with Jesuit's Rasheed Sulaimon hitting the games 1st 7 points to go on the visiting Panthers. Adjustments by Cy Springs, and they were off and running as both teams traded big baskets to end the quarter tied.
The Crusaders would make defensive adjustments in the 2nd quarter as Cy Springs' long 3's began to hit. The Crusaders would also settle in to their offense better and get better play from their inside duo of Felton and Franshaw on the boards. Active play by wings Whitney and
By the opening of the 3rd, the Crusaders had found their adjustments to breaking the Panther's press and had also found their hold on their half court defense with a 6-0 run to start and pushing their lead up to 18. Sulaimon would again hit big shots as Jesuit's supporting cast found their rhythm too. Defensive play by Monmouth and Felton helped the Crusaders come up with big steals for transition baskets.
The Crusaders would see their youth tested as the Panthers would get more physical and speed up the game. With the lead cut down to 8, the Crusaders stepped back to refocus and make the Panthers play for longer possessions on defense. Guards Gillon & Whitney would come on to hit 2 big 3's to help the Crusaders open their lead while senior Elliot Franshaw got on track with big finishing dunks and free throws. Sulaimon would again re-emerge to take control of game tempo and keep the Panthers at bay for what would be a big opening game night for the Crusaders