Down 4 pts after 1 qtr of play, the Crusaders stepped it up a notch and by half lead by 3, 22-19. Wellington added to that lead in the 3rd qtr and would head down the stretch with the Wildcats with a mildly comfortable 6 point advantage, 35-29, and only 8 minutes to go.
Turned out not to be a "good 8 minutes" for the visiting Crusaders, El Dorado put the pedal to the medal, outscoring WHS 17-4 and secured the non-league victory for their home crowd, final 46-39.
Senior guard AJ Snipes was on the bench in street clothes, recovering from a concussion.
WHS 39 EHS 46 (4-9) (2-3)
Ian King 12, Silas Popplewell 7, Grey Hatfield 6, DeAndre Washington 6, Jihad Mutazammil 5, Jack Walton 3
The JV Boys, earlier in the evening, notched a win for Wellington and moved to 5-6 on the season overall. Final score WHS 40 EHS 36.
WHS 40 EHS 36 (5-6) (2-3)
Silas Popplewell 12, Austin Soles 8, Tyler Brown 7, Cade Fairbanks 3, Jacob Ewing 2, Chance Hamel 2, Blake Rausch 2, John Long 2
NO C-TEAM REPORT - Sorry!
Next action for the Crusaders will be HERE @ HOME on Tuesday (Feb. 6th) vs Buhler! C-Team Boys will tipoff @ 4:15, followed by JV Boys, both in the auxiliary gym at WHS. Varsity Boys action will follow Varsity Girls in main gym, approx. 7:30PM.