AURORA, Ill. – Maranatha was simply over matched against the #1 team in the South Division, the Aurora Spartans, losing 108-52 on Saturday afternoon.
The high-powered Spartan offense shot 59% from the field and 48% from three-point range in the game and allowed just one Maranatha player in double-digits, junior forward Scott Sutter (Cincinnati, Ohio), who had 10 points and four rebounds.
The Spartans wasted little time in the first half, jumping out to a 23-7 lead at 10:30 on the clock and held a 50-19 lead at the half.
The Crusaders struggled early on, shooting 23% from the field and committing 16 turnovers in the period. Aurora converted 31 points off those turnovers and held a 20-7 advantage in second-chance points.
Maranatha improved in the second half, scoring 33 points on 37% field goal and 41% three-point shooting, but drew no closer than 50-21 at the start of the period.
Sutter scored eight of his 10 points in the second while freshman forward Matthew Rueb (Chesapeake, Va.) adding nine off the bench.
Aurora’s balanced approach saw four different players score in double-digits while the team’s size led to a 38-12 advantage on points in the paint.
The Crusaders look for continued chemistry after missing starting forward Joel Borchardt (Watertown, Wis.) for the fourth-straight game.
“Aurora was just too fast and we weren’t ready for their transition on offense and defense tonight. I was happy with the way Tanner and Matt Hunter played tonight, but their quickness really was too much,” stated head coach Keith Salscheider.
Maranatha travels to Mequon, Wis. on Tuesday, February 12 to face Concordia Wisconsin at 7:00 p.m.