A Canevin lead disppeared quickly in the 4th quarter, but the Crusaders responded late with a basket and some late rebounding to beat Imani Christian 49-47 in the first round of the Bishop Canevin Christmas Tournament on Friday night.
A few missed layups early lead to a slow offensive start, but a Dom Elliott three pointer tied the game at 5 halfway through the first quarter. A jumper and a three pointer from Nevan Crossey to end the first quarter gave the Crusaders a 13-10 lead after one quarter.
Imani kept the game close to start the 2nd quarter, but a 12-6 BC run to finish the first half gave Canevin an 8 point lead going to the half. The third quarter was an even quarter, as Canevin kept a 7 point lead after three quarters, setting the stage for a dramatic fourth quarter.
It did not seem like there would be any drama after a reverse layup from Elliott, who finished with 15 points, put BC up 47-38 with a little over 5 minutes left. But the Saints kept marching back, going on a 9-0 run to tie the game with 2:28 remaining. After a couple of empty possessions, Imani had the ball but missed a jump shot. Dom Elliott jumped and grabbed for the rebound and sent an outlet pass to Kevaughn Price to start the fast break that would break the tie for good. His pass lead Nevan Crossey perfectly for the layup that put the Crusaders ahead for good. Crossey finished the night with 12 points. Imani still had 2 more possessions to attempt to tie or win the game, but 2 more Elliott rebounds after long range shots ended the Saints’ hopes.
Kevaughn Price lead BC with 16 points. The Crusaders move on the Tournament final to face Keystone Oaks, who beat Carrick 74-60, in the other first round matchup. Carrick will face Imani in the Consolation Game Saturday night at 6 pm at BIshop Canevin. The Championship game between the Crusaders (6-2) and Golden Eagles (5-3) is scheduled for an 8 pm start.