The Crusaders sprinted to a 25-6 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, crushing the Solid Rock Academy Lions 84-35 in non-region action at home Monday night. It was GC’s 10th straight win, making their record 17-6 overall and sweeping the series between the teams.
After a hard-fought and close win over GISA Region 4-AA foe Arlington Christian last Friday, the Crusaders were able to coast to their win on Monday. The Lions were no match for the Crusaders’ speed and quickness and GC was also hitting their shots in the first half -- a recipe for doom for Solid Rock.
How efficient were the Crusaders against Solid Rock? They shot 62 percent from the field for the entire game and had four players in double figures. Three players snagged 6 or more rebounds and two had 6 assists.
GC led 51-14 at the half and head coach Mic Savage substituted his starters for the rest of the game. The Crusaders took a 68-29 advantage into the fourth quarter and cruised from there.
Amir Hightower led GC with 17 points, followed by 16 from Aaron McCray and Wil Savage and 11 from Aqil Gilani. Jonathan Hammond scored 8 points and had 6 assists. Wil Savage had a great all-around game, contributing 6 assists and a team-high 8 rebounds to the huge home win.
McCray tallied 5 steals on the night and seniors Hunter Ott and David Thomas grabbed 6 boards each against Solid Rock.
The Crusaders don’t get a chance to rest and reflect on this victory, as they’ll have a very busy week. They played a good Dominion Christian team Tuesday evening and then they host region foe LaGrange Academy Thursday at 7:30 p.m. GC then has to travel to Woodbury, Ga. to face region foe Flint River Academy Friday at 7:30 p.m.
GC lost to Dominion at home early in the season (66-55), but beat LaGrange Academy 69-57 on the road and beat Flint River 82-49 at home during the team’s current win streak.