The rivaled Christendom Crusaders came to ball on Tuesday night beating PHC 75-60. This was a painful one for the Sentinels who collapsed in the second half after a solid performance in the first. Christendom came out swinging from the tipoff, knocking down a couple of quick triples. This didn’t faze PHC who was able to play solid defense for the duration of the half. Point guard John Larter was the only Sentinel able to hit from deep in the first half, knocking down three triples in three minutes that kept the Sentinels within reach.
Tenacious defense and solid ball movement kept the game close despite their shooting struggles. The score was 30-34 at the half.
The second half was a different story for PHC as they didn’t execute defensively and shooting woes continued. There were times early in the half when PHC looked like they could bring it back with some aggressive scoring from Nathan Semlick and Andrew Penrod, however, the Crusaders ran away and eventually led by more than twenty points. Christendom’s lead soon became too much to handle with not much time left, and the game ended 60-75.
This was a disappointing loss for the Sentinels because it was a very winnable game. If they execute defensively as they did in the first half and find a shooting rhythm, PHC has a great chance to beat their rivals when they play them again in February.