WATERTOWN, Wis. – The Crusader offense did it all, pounding the ball down low, penetrating the lane, and hitting open three’s to thump Silver Lake, 91-59 on Tuesday evening.
Sophomore center Brett Cashner (Urbana, Ill.) and forward Joel Borchardt (Watertown, Wis.) used their rare size advantage down low early on, and hit a pair of three’s for a Maranatha 16-8 lead.
The duo each had a double-double and led Maranatha to a 54-26 advantage in paint points, as Borchardt recorded 19 of his 25 points in the first half while chipping in 16 rebounds. Cashner finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior guard Matthew McGivern (Milwaukee, Wis.) also provided a spark in the transition game, finding open lanes to the basket time and again, while dishing out 12 assists in the game.
McGivern was crucial in a 20-2 differential in fast break points and finished with 20 points, two blocks and three steals.
On defense, the Crusaders shut down the smaller Silver Lake lineup, and on one possession, managed two blocks from Borchardt and McGivern, leading to a Tanner Moses basket and a 40-26 lead.
Maranatha held a 46-31 halftime lead, and after several turnovers to start the second, regained its composure, icing the game on 50% shooting from the field while building a 34 point lead.
“We played extremely well, but give credit to a well-coached Silver Lake squad that was missing several players. Joel and Brett were too much down low and we moved the ball well while hitting open guys. We are gaining confidence and that needs to continue as we play Edgewood. We need to do our best, and let God worry about what happens with the result,” stated head coach Keith Salscheider.
Salscheider, an assistant coach for Edgewood College last season, will face his former squad on Thursday at home at 7:15 p.m.