District 2 Boys Game Recap (Holy Cross vs. Lakeland)

Written by: on Saturday, February 1st, 2020



January 31, 2020


Holy Cross Takes LL Division 3 Lead in 2OT


Holy Cross Crusaders 76, Lakeland Chiefs 72


By Phil T

DUNMOREHoly Cross edged out Lakeland in a double-overtime thriller, 76-72.  Headlined by two outstanding performances by Caleb Vigil (Lakeland) and Kieran Burrier (Holy Cross), Friday night’s matchup may very well be remembered as the game of the year.

The Chiefs and Crusaders entered the night tied atop the Lackawanna League Division 3 standings and fans were able to feel the energy in the air, as nobody wanted to walk off the court in defeat. 

In a fast-paced first half, Lakeland traded punch-for-punch with Holy Cross. Neither team was able to grab control of the game as the Crusaders went into the locker room at halftime with a slim 25-23 lead.

To start the third quarter, Vigil was able to get to the basket to tie the game before a triple by Nick Bertholf would give Lakeland a 28-27 edge. The lead would change hands several more times until Leahy O’Connor’s shot from behind the arc gave Holy Cross the advantage. The Crusaders would lead 35-32 entering the final period of regulation.

Vigil, who scored 11 points through the first three quarters, would carry his team with a 14-point performance in the final period to keep the Chiefs in the game. He would convert both opportunities from the charity stripe, to put his team up by two 2, only to see Pat Bennie get an offensive putback in the final seconds of the 4th quarter that would send the game into overtime.

In the final minute of overtime, there would be three lead changes on three consecutive possessions. After missing his first attempt from the foul line, Joe Osborne (Holy Cross), with the fate of the game on his shoulders, would convert his second to send the game into double-overtime tied at 59.

The Crusaders would jump out to a quick 68-63 lead before a foul against the Chiefs led to a technical foul being called on Lakeland’s bench.  Burrier would convert all four chances, two for the foul and two for the technical, to give Holy Cross a 72-63 lead that they would maintain for a 76-72 victory.  In the second OT, Vigil would hit three triples, but it was not enough.

Kieran Burrier would score 33 points in the Crusaders’ win. He would leave the game with a knee injury in the closing seconds of the game.

Caleb Vigil would score 38 points in an outstanding performance for the Chiefs.


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