Crusaders Beat Kentucky Team in Hall of Fame Challenge Cup
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.
Posted on Thu, January 15, 2015
by Beth Murphy filed under