DYER — Top-ranked Horizon Christian used a big first quarter late Friday night to built an insurmountable lead and went on to down Columbus Christian 84-63 in the semifinals of the Indiana Christian State Tournament.
The Lions led 29-12 after one quarter and built the margin to 50-27 at halftime.
“We tried to slow the pace down,” Columbus Christian coach Kevin Roth said. “They didn’t surprise us with anything. It was just a matter of our youth and their four senior starters. They were the better team that night.”
Austin Straub led the Crusaders (21-10) with 17 points. Dalane Shaull added 11.
Caleb Oetjen led Horizon Christian (23-4), which won the title with an 83-53 win over South Bend Trinity Saturday afternoon, with 22 points. Jeff Rhodes added 18.
“I told the guys all week we needed to do what we could to stop Caleb,” Roth said. “The guy that really surprised me was Jeff Rhodes. Then, their perimeter pressure bothered our guards.”
The Crusaders (21-10) will travel to Dayton, Tenn., for the National Association of Christian Athletes National Tournament. The tourney begins Wednesday and continues through Saturday.
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