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.