Tonawanda News — “In a rivalry game its always going to be close,” Weir said. “We lost our focus a little bit in the second quarter and the start of the third but we just tightened up our game.”
The Crusaders opened up the second quarter on a 17-4 run, giving them a 17-point advantage. Their lead was trimmed to eight by the time the half ended, in large part because of Dylan Hall, who scored eight of the Marauders' next nine points.
“I thought they were out-working us a little bit in the first quarter,” said St. Joe’s coach Mark Simon. “The third quarter was the complete opposite, we came out a different team. If we cut that lead in half I knew we could make a game out of it."
Hall led the way for the Marauders with a double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 10 rebounds – both team-highs.
“Every night (Dylan) has been consistent, dependable, he leads us in most categories,” Simon said. “And he’s been getting better the last couple weeks.”
Only five players put their mark in the scoring column for St. Joe’s. Louis Oliveri, the Marauders' leading scorer, had 13 and Jaylen Morris had 11. The Crusaders came up with big shots at the right times. They knocked down seven 3-pointers compared to just three for St. Joe’s.
“It was a tough loss but they came back fighting a few times after going down 17 points, I’m proud of the effort, we didn’t fold our tent,” Simon said. “Canisius just made a few more plays than we did, they shot the ball pretty good. Seven 3's was the difference.”Contact the Tonawanda News sports department at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find us on Twitter @tonanewssports.