The stands were packed with boisterous fans in the Crusaders red and white gymnasium as Long Island Lutheran took on the the Deer Park Falcons.
LuHi (7-1) came ready to play just as they did on Friday night when they defeated Harborfields, 65-47. The Crusaders may play well on offense but they used their suffocating full-court press to their advantage in Monday night’s non-league boys basketball 76-64 win over the Falcons.
Deer Park (1-1) had only had one game under their belt but LuHi’s Mical-Ryan Boyd said he doesn’t think that would be a setback for any team.
“I don’t really think it makes a difference because when you play basketball, you just come to play,” Boyd, a senior, said. “If they would have beat us they would have never said, ‘We only have one game under our belt’ so we came out to play harder.”
The Crusaders senior scored 22 points total and brought the heat the third quarter when he came out with a slam dunk.
“I just went up,” the 6-foot-2-inch guard said. “I had another one at the beginning of the season.”
Although the Crusaders defeated the Falcons, Deer Park kept the score close during the first half with Falcons senior, Rome Jenkins, scoring 19 points and senior guard Keith Williams hitting three three-pointers all before halftime.
After halftime, the Crusaders took it up a notch while Deer Park fell further behind.
“At halftime our coach kept saying three stops and three baskets and that’s all I kept thinking about,” Boyd, MSG Varsity’s Player of the Game said. “And I took it upon myself to push the tempo and get my teammates there as well.”
Boyd had eight of his 22 points in a 19-7 third quarter. The Crusader’s Tiquan Garner added 14 points and two steals while Tim Quashie nearly reached his 14 points per game average with 11 points and four steals by the end of the night.