Shamrocks unable to erase first quarter deficit - Rocks go down fighting

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Lance Gerlemann scores two of his career high 20 points.
Photo by Kyle Quick

Bismarck, Mo  - Last night’s game can easily be summed up by New Haven’s slow start and Crossroads taking advantage of it, by outscoring the rocks 16-5 in the first quarter.

New Haven’s Lance Gerlamann’s career high 20 points and Ryan Menkes game high 21 points, combing for 41 of the teams 44 points was not enough to erase the teams first quarter 11 point deficit.

Crossroad’s Militon Spauldingm team high 17 points and Trevor Clay’s 14 points led their team past the rocks 47-44, to play in tomorrow night’s district championship game.

New Haven was just unable to get anything going in the first quarter and a few missed shots around the basket was essentially the difference between the Rocks play Friday night instead of Crossroads.

The Rocks were not about to go down with out a fight.  Gerlemann and Menke single handling took over the game and lead New Haven on an 11 to two point run, capped off by Menke completing a three point play to end the half and giving New Haven the momentum they desperately needed, trailing by four after 16 minutes of play, 22-18.

Ryan Menke at the end of the first half is fouled and completed three point play.

 Gerlemann and Menke began the second half were they had left off, making it a two point game after Menke completed another three point play at the five minute mark of the third quarter.

New Haven would come within two after a layup by Menke, but Crossroads always seemed to have an answer, never letting the Rocks come within more than two points.

With two minutes left, it was Gerlamann who took it from a four point to a two-point game, 30-28, for the third time in the quarter.  However, Crossroads would end the quarter on a 5-2 run; led by their sophomore guard, Clay, giving his team a 35-30 lead.

Crossroads quickly jumped out to a six-point lead in the fourth after Charlie Tritch was called for a costly moving screen that led to a Spauldingm three pointer. (38-32)

Pictured Trevor Clay makes an acrobatic shot adding to his 10 points on the night and third Crossroads guard to hit double figures.

Just as Gerlemann and Menke had done all night, they answered by rattling off four quick points, 38-36. But every time New Haven came within two points, Crossroads always found a way to keep the Rocks from ever getting any closer.

New Haven would have the chance to send it to overtime.  With about 38 seconds left and down by two, the rocks would send Spauldingm to the line a chance to seal the deal.  He missed the first, making the second and the Rocks down by three.

Austin Madden pulled up for a three pointer, a chance to send the game into overtime, the shot was dead on but barely came up short and ended the Rocks season while Crossroads advances to Friday night’s District Championship Game.

New Haven finishes with an overall record of 14-12

We will have another story about New Haven’s Seniors; their career stats and what they have accomplished.