Atwater, Ohio - On Thursday night the Crestwood Red Devils came to town to face the Waterloo Vikings. Crestwood was 4-5 entering the game while Waterloo came in at 7-2.
Winning the tip was Crestwood, but they missed their first shot. Both teams were scoreless for a bit, but a big play was made defensively when Waterloo’s Anthony Podojil blocked a shot inside causing the student section to go crazy.
Charlie Schwiekert hit a 3-pointer in the corner, but Waterloo came back and hit their own long distance shot. Schwiekert hit another triple after a bit, giving Crestwood a five point lead early on. The score at the end of the first was 12-8 in favor of the Red Devils.
To start the second quarter, Crestwood hit another 3-pointer but Navarre Alhassan hit one for Waterloo right after. Same thing later on in the quarter as both sides hit 3-pointers back-to-back. The score at halftime was 24-18 Crestwood with the lead.
To start the third, Drew Flarida got an easy layup to fall after an offensive rebound. Later, Schwiekert hit another triple, continuing his individual hot streak. Crestwood went on a solid run getting stops and causing turnovers. The score at the end of the third was 36-30 with Crestwood still holding the lead.
To start the fourth, Waterloo went on a 7-0 run giving them the lead. The student section started going crazy, after Flarida got another offensive rebound and converted a layup. Auguie Schwiekert hit a 3-pointer for the Devils to cut the lead to two.
Augie Schwiekert took two free throws sinking both and giving Crestwood the lead back. However, Waterloo kept taking their own free throws and regained the lead. After an almost full-court shot by Augie Schwiekert, Crestwood trailed by one with two seconds left. Waterloo was able to hang on for the 53-52 win. Alhassan led the way with 19 points for Waterloo.
I spoke with Waterloo Vikings coach Jason Wise after the game.
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