By Sara Welch | Correspondent
Crestwood fared a little better than last week's meeting against Southeast with a home-court advantage this time. However, the Pirates still managed to capture a 52-42 victory over the Red Devils Tuesday night in a PTC cross-division matchup.
"We knew it was going to be tough to come over here and beat Crestwood twice in two weeks. We're real proud of our kids' effort," Southeast coach Matt Dillon said.
Southeast started the night with a 5-0 run. The Pirates pushed their lead to eight points with five minutes left to play in the first quarter. The Red Devils salvaged the quarter and faced the initial five-point deficit going into the second quarter.
Crestwood doubled its points in the first four minutes of the second quarter and claimed a 16-15 lead, its first lead of the night. The Red Devils outscored the Pirates by two points and pulled down 10 rebounds to Southeast's four.
"It was encouraging to see that play going into the half with a sense of urgency. We wanted to carry it over to the second half," Crestwood head coach Al Mielcarek said. "Our coaching staff noticed that the first three minutes of the second half was going to determine who wins that game. When they came out on a 5-0 run to push their lead to eight it turned into us playing catch-up the rest of the night."
The Pirates opened the half with a momentum-capturing 3-pointer. Carson Hughes drained a baseline shot and Lucas Bloom followed his effort with two points on the next possession.
"Carson Hughes is a freshman, and tonight was one of the first times he's gotten into a varsity game like this. Under those kinds of circumstances and with that kind of pressure on him he played really well," Dillon said.
Hughes finished the night behind Krych and Norquest in scoring with eight points.
The Pirates all but had the game wrapped up going into the fourth quarter, leading the Red Devils 37-31 and opening the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run. But Trevor Sweet continued to pose a threat.
Sweet totaled nine points and five rebounds in the fourth quarter, nearly doubling his totals for the night. The closest he managed to bring his team was within five points of Southeast with three minutes to go.
"Trevor brings a lot of energy and a lot of fire. Tonight he displayed that out there and what it means to him to finish strong. He's an emotional guy, and we tried to put our whole team on his back and he almost carried us," Mielcarek said. "He worked hard inside, and I'll give Southeast credit -- they battled him. They were undersized player-for-player, and they battled our bigs inside. Nothing was easy. I give them credit for making us fight for what we got inside."
While the Red Devils leaned on Sweet in the fourth quarter, the Pirates relied on Jordan Krych to slow Sweet down long enough to win the game.
Krych came through and pulled down six defensive rebounds in the last three minutes of the game, limiting Sweet's offensive putbacks and giving his team an opportunity to close the game unopposed.
Krych cleared a double-double, leading Southeast with 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
"Since Jordan has been in our program, he's one of those kids that kind of does it all," said Dillon. "There are nights when he has to score, there are nights when he has to get rebounds, and tonight was one of those nights where he did a little bit of everything. We're fortunate to have Jordan on our team."
Trevor Norquest followed Krych's lead, finishing second for Southeast in both points and rebounds with 11 points and seven boards.