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Crusaders Beat Kentucky Team in Hall of Fame Challenge Cup

New Castle Fieldhouse 

The Scecina Crusader varsity basketball team represented Indiana well in the 2015 Hall of Fame Challenge Cup, winning its game Saturday, Jan. 10, against a tough Southwestern Warriors team of Somerset, Ky. The Hall of Fame Challenge Cup tournament pits top teams from Indiana and Kentucky in a best-of-five series. Scecina was one of only two Indiana teams to win Saturday, as Kentucky captured the Challenge Cup, 3-2. The winning state earns a 3-foot tall trophy, their name in the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame, and bragging rights for a year.

Saturday marked the first appearance of the Crusaders in this prestigious annual event, which was in the 9,000-seat New Castle Fieldhouse, the largest high school basketball arena in the country. After a slow start, the Crusaders went into the locker room at halftime down by 8 points.

The team rallied in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 49-49 with 4 seconds left on the clock. A late foul, and two successful free throw shots by senior Zach Rutland, clinched an exciting 51-49 Scecina victory.
Scecina Crusaders represented themselves and Indiana to the best of their abilities. Their display of athleticism, perseverance and sportsmanship was remarkable and memorable.

Proceeds from this year’s Challenge Cup will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project, as well both states’ basketball halls of fame.

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Robert Keller wrote:
I, with 3 friends would like to attend a Scecina home bball game. Would it be possilbe to find the varsity basketball schedule for the remainder of the year?

Robert Keller Class of "60".

Sat, January 17, 2015 @ 6:27 PM

2. Robert Keller wrote:
Not sure what happened to my previous message. Is it possible to get a varsity basketball schedule.9

Sat, January 17, 2015 @ 6:32 PM

3. Paul George wrote:
Mr. Keller,

The Scecina Memorial H.S. athletic schedule is on the school web site. From the home screen, near the top, click on the word "Athletics." On the next page down the left side, click on Athletics Calendar. Then, from the list of all teams, click on "Basketball Boys (V)."

Hope this is helpful.

Thu, January 22, 2015 @ 7:13 AM

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