Sauvage took the early lead, but the CWA Crusaders were up at the end of the first quarter. The game remained close throughout, and with 2:30 left to play in the 4th quarter, Sauvage had a 5 point lead. With 1:30 left to play, Sauvage had a 3 point lead, with 57 second remaining they were up by 1, and with 22.5 second left they were up by 3. In the last 20 seconds, Jacob Beattie (CWA) had a huge offensive rebound that he kicked out to Alex Hernandez (CWA) for the 3 pointer to tie the game and on to overtime they went. The Crusaders took the early lead in overtime before Sauvage stormed back with a few baskets of their own. In the final minute, Sauvage went back up by 2, and moments later Joshua Njongwe (CWA) drew a foul and made a free throw to bring the game within 1. With 12 seconds left on the clock and the Crusaders down by 1, CWA got a steal in the backcourt off the inbound and scored to take a 58-57 lead, leaving 2.6 seconds for the ERS Cougars to try and score. The Cougars made a long inbound pass and got the shot away but it didn’t drop. Crusaders win, 58-57.
The energy, determination, passion, skill, and teamwork shown was just incredible, and the coaching staff are so proud of these boys!
Up next: Challenge match vs. PICS from Edmonton on Wednesday, March 9 next week in Olds for a spot in the Provincial Championships.