NEWPORTâIn the second half of the double-header, it was the UCA boys squaring off against the Websterville Baptist Warriors. The contest could be called a soul crushing defeat for United Christian, as the Crusaders as dropped the game 93 -27 to the Warriors.
"Obviously the score reflects that they were definitely the better team today," said Coach Tony DeLaBruere.
At the start of the game UCA seemed to be able to run with the quick moving Warriors.
Websterville's big man Andrew Skuman dropped down two points and UCA's Chris DeLaBruere answered with a three and it seemed like a high scoring, back and forth game was about to unfold.
Well, half of that last statement came true.
It was a high scoring affair, but unfortunately for the Crusader crowd, it would be a very one-sided contest.
The Warriors put thirty-four more points on the board in the first, including a twenty-five point run to close out the frame, giving them a daunting 36-5 lead after eight minutes.
It was actually quite a sight to see from purely a basketball perspective.
Websterville seemed to be everywhere at once, stealing passes, blocking shots, and turning the ball around so quickly that they were scoring on just about every possession.
J. Tillis (first name not given) had twelve in the quarter, followed by nine from Skuman and Joe Tetreault.
Paul Samaan knocked down two from the line for UCA's other two points.
In the second the two teams once more traded baskets early, then Websterville went right back into scoring mode, going on another big run, this time for fifteen, and by the time the horn blew it was 59-11in the visiting teams' favor.
As the second wound down, the frustration started to show on the faces of the Crusaders, but they were able to check that anger to the delight of their coach.
"We were starting to slip into negativity at certain times, but we were able to pull back out of it," said coach DeLaBruere.
The team had hoped to come out and be more competitive in the final sixteen minutes, and they were able to put nine points on the board in the third.
Chris DeLaBruere had a three and two free throws, and Paul Samaan and Dale Martell each had a field goal in the quarter, and in the fourth Samaan had a trey and a free throw, and Jon DeLaBruere also scored from downtown to bring the UCA total to twenty seven.
"We wanted to do in the second half what we did to Canaan, where we actually came back and out scored them by four. I told the team that we would probably not out score this team, but we can still come out and have that same positive result and split it into to two games.
"I thought in the second half we did much better, especially the third quarter."
On this day there would be no stopping the Warriors as they scored 34 points in the second half, coming seven points short of triple digits.
Chris DeLaBruere and Samaan were the top scorers for UCA, each with ten points on the afternoon. Jon DeLaBruere had three and Martell had four to complete the scoring.
The team will need to get more scoring from the rest of the squad if they want to be competitive in division four as they enter the busy part of the schedule.
The will follow the girls to Whitcomb on Thursday, hitting the hardwood at 7:30.