Crusaders wrap up season, honors players

BY CHRIS HOOKER, SPORTS EDITOR

It wasn’t the storybook ending the seniors were looking for as the Crusaders fell to Merchant Marine Saturday afternoon on Senior Day to a final of 79-73.

Despite a 46-point second half, Susquehanna couldn’t come up with the win as the Mariners found a way to stop their hot offense.

“Taking the court for the last time was a unique feeling,” said senior Scott Marcinek, who scored four points and grabbed two rebounds. “I’ve shot hoops in that gym since I was big enough to reach the rim. So taking the court for the last time as a member of the team was something I’ve never felt before.”

After being down by as many as 16 points with just over 10 minutes to go in the half, the Crusaders fought their way back thanks to big time play from freshman guard Josh Miller who finished with 15 points on the day, all coming in the second half. He also grabbed five rebounds in the loss.

Susquehanna found themselves down by just four points going into the half, but Merchant Marine was able to take it out to a 10 point lead with just four minutes in.

Down 14, the Crusaders took a 7-0 run to bring them back. Freshman Brandon Hedley nailed a trey to bring it to two, but they weren’t able to get it any closer to closing the deficit.

Hedley finished with 15 points on the day, all three-pointers.

Senior Harvey Pannell scored 15 points as well.

The Crusaders shot just 37 percent on the day, while Merchant Marine hit 46 percent of their shots.

“The season as a whole was a grind,” said Marcinek. “We had a rough start to conference play, kept battling and gave ourselves a shot at making the playoffs down the stretch. Unfortunately, we didn’t pull out a win or two that would have gotten us there.”

Before the game, the Crusaders honored the team’s five senior members, Marcinek, E.J. Duncan, Brendan Rezny, J.T. Wilson and Pannell.