mens-bball-macu Christendom’s men’s and women’s basketball teams won their home games this past weekend against USCAA rival Mid-Atlantic Christian University (MACU). A stifling defense for both the men and women defined their games, with the women playing their best game of the season thus far and the men shocking the packed crowd with a comeback win in the final minutes.

The young Crusaders team received solid offense from Jake Wagner, Stephen Foeckler, Joe and Mike McMahon, Pete Day, and Shane McCrum in the first half. With penetration from the guards and good inside/outside play, Day was on point with his three point shooting, making three of five in the first half. The Crusaders finished the half with a defensive stop and went to the locker room down 10 points.

In the second half, Day made a couple jumpers and another three point shot, eventually finishing the game with 21 points. With defensive pressure by the guards and post presence of Joe McMahon, Wagner, McCrum, and Joe Pennefather manning the lane, the defense got a few stops that led to a couple fast break opportunities. A.J. Lancaster checked into the game and led an offensive assault in the final minutes, making all three of his attempted three pointers. Lancaster’s last three point shot put the Crusaders up 5 points. The offensive play of Day, Lancaster, and McCrum continued to energize the team and the crowd. In the final minutes of play, MACU was forced to foul, but the Crusaders stepped up to the line making 8 for 10 free throws to seal the game and an 82-76 victory.

womens-macu The Lady Crusaders took hold of their game against MACU from the very start, opening the game with a 15-7 lead after the first quarter. The second quarter decided the game for Christendom, as the aggressive defense of the Lady Crusaders held the Mustangs to only 5 points in the quarter. With tremendous team defense, the Ladies harassed the Mustangs with what looked like an unbreakable wall on the defensive end.

On the offensive end, the Lady Crusaders were remarkable. Elizabeth Ford caught fire in the first half, knocking down 3 pointers and connecting on 2 back-to-back 3’s, finishing the game with 23 points. With a 21-point lead to start the second half, the Lady Crusaders never looked back. The Mustangs made a push in the third quarter and early into the fourth quarter they cut the lead to 17 before the Lady Crusaders shut them down. Bryn Burgess, who also finished with 23 points, and Gemma McMahon, who grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked four shots, repeatedly broke the Mustangs pressure. The defensive effort by the Lady Crusaders completely dominated the game for 40 minutes, holding the Mustangs to just 20% field goal percentage and outrebounded MACU 56-37.

The women are off until Saturday, when they host USCAA opponent Johnson and Wales University from Charlotte, NC, while the men next play on Thursday, February 11 against Appalachian Bible College.

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