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Crusaders overshadowed by Shade 48-44

March 10, 2012

Elk Catholic’s Clayton Housler, 3, takes aim in this file photo. Housler led Elk Catholic with 14 points in last night’s game against Shade. Photo by Clayton Housler.

JOHNSTOWN - The Elk County Catholic Crusader basketball squad saw their season come to an end Friday evening as they were unable to fend off a late-game rally by the Shade Panthers and were handed a 48-44 loss in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs in a game played at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
"I think we came in with a good plan, but we did not adjust the plan as the game went on. As Wade Walker started hitting threes, we needed to adjust the plan a little bit. I thought we did a nice job of taking [Ryan] Fyock away, though," said ECC coach Aaron Straub. 
The Crusaders held a 7-5 lead at the end of the first period, were down 21-20 at the half and pulled back ahead 38-33 by the end of the third quarter. 
"Our problem all year, and it's no secret, we've played good basketball in most of our games for three quarters, and then we have a quarter where we just don't play well," Straub said. 
Elk Catholic was led offensively by Clayton Housler with 14 points on five twos and a 4-for-4 night from the foul line. Hank Cappiello added nine points on four twos and a 1-for-2 night from the line.

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