Cru­saders stage 2 ral­lies to ex­tend win­ning streak

Filippo Baldo scores 16 to lead Notre Dame in Colo­nial League win.

The Morning Call (Sunday) - - SPORTS - By Keith Groller

Time will tell whether Notre Dame has the best boys bas­ket­ball team in the Colo­nial League, but it’s hard to ar­gue the Cru­saders aren’t the most bal­anced.

Pat Boyle’s squad has four play­ers av­er­ag­ing in dou­ble fig­ures and an­other — Chris Omick — is close be­hind at 8.5 per game.

On Satur­day af­ter­noon, Notre Dame needed that bal­ance to turn back upset-minded Wil­son, 65-59, and ex­tend its win­ning streak to five games.

The Cru­saders im­proved to 10-3 over­all, 7-2 in the Colo­nial League. The War­riors fell to 7-4, 6-3.

Filippo Baldo scored 16 points and Bren­dan Boyle and Zach De­Foe added 15 apiece as Notre Dame ral­lied back from a 23-13 deficit in the sec­ond quar­ter and fought back again from a 54-49 hole in the fi­nal pe­riod.

A Ji­had Range fol­low gave Wil­son a 54-49 lead with just un­der five min­utes left, but after a Sam Brown bas­ket gave the vis­i­tors a 56-55 edge with three min­utes left, the War­riors were stalled by turnovers and missed free throws down the stretch.

“We were con­cerned at half­time be­cause we were down 33-30 and Rob­bie Swiatek [Wil­son’s lead­ing scorer] didn’t score in the first half,” Pat Boyle said. “The fact we gave up 33 points know­ing he was go­ing to get his in the sec­ond was a con­cern. But down five, we stepped up and made some plays and that’s what it came down to.”

A fab four?

The Colo­nial League has a big three with Mo­ra­vian Academy, Ban­gor and Notre Dame the three lead­ing ti­tle con­tenders as the league sched­ule en­ters the sec­ond half.

Wil­son would like to join that group.

The War­riors, how­ever, haven’t learned how to fin­ish games against top op­po­nents, their coach said Satur­day.

“We play well, but the dif­fer­ence be­tween us and the other three, is that they play well for four quar­ters and we let things slip away,” Mike Glo­vas said. “We’ve got to get over the hump. I told the kids you’ll never know how many times you’re go­ing to have an op­por­tu­nity to win a game like that.”

Both Boyle and Glo­vas en­joy the ri­valry be­tween the pro­grams and noted the height­ened at­mos­phere, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing it was a Satur­day af­ter­noon.

“You could even feel the ex­cite­ment dur­ing the fresh­man game; the JV game was in­tense,” Glo­vas said. “So, you al­ways know there’s a lit­tle more on the line. What’s sep­a­rat­ing us is that we’ve got to be able to put those games away and not just be happy with a good first quar­ter or half. These kids haven’t seen that kind of suc­cess yet. That’s what we have to over­come.”

JC leads way

Se­nior Jaden Cun­ning­ham was not among the lead­ing scor­ers for Notre Dame. He had just five points.

How­ever, he had six as­sists and a cou­ple of key re­bounds in ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing solid de­fense.

“Jaden was sec­ond-team al­l­league last year and we gave him a lit­tle bit of tough love at half­time be­cause we know he can be that guy,” Boyle said. “I thought he was in the sec­ond half. He set the tone de­fen­sively in the sec­ond half with dif­fer­ent guys lead­ing the scor­ing on any given night, but Jaden makes it all go.”

Cun­ning­ham called tough win.”

“We just re­ally had to fight hard on de­fense and re­bound,” he said. “We had to crash the boards and box out and play good de­fense. We strug­gled a lit­tle bit of­fen­sively and started mov­ing the ball around more and as we did we got eas­ier and eas­ier looks.”

Glo­vas also noted the over­all bal­ance of Notre Dame.

“They have five guys who can play both ends of the court and can score,” he said. “They have five guys who can score and de­fend. We have five guys who can de­fend, but not ev­ery­body can score and do the lit­tle things.”

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Notre Dame hosts Ban­gor Mon­day night. They last met on Dec. 13 when the Slaters won 87-76.

Three play­ers scored 21 points or more for Ban­gor in that one and the Slaters made 15 3point­ers.

“We have to close out on their shoot­ers hard,” Cun­ning­ham said. “We have to keep their guards from pen­e­trat­ing so they can’t kick out. But that should be a fun game. We’re look­ing for­ward to it.”

Wil­son, which was led by Brown’s 19 points, hosts Belvidere (N.J.) Mon­day and re­turns to the league with road games at Palmer­ton and Ban­gor on Wed­nes­day and Fri­day.

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