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Second Half Surge Propels Holy Cross over Lloyd

The Holy Cross Indians (8-8) ended a four game losing streak on a cold Wednesday night, defeating Lloyd Memorial (6-10) at home 81-57.

Down 33-32 at the half, the Indians erupted for 31 points in the third period and added 18 in the final frame to down the visiting Juggernauts. After shooting just 29% from behind the arc in the first half, the Indians hit nine of 17 three-pointers in the second half to turn a one-point halftime deficit into a 24-point win.

Lloyd Memorial began the game on an 8-0 run but the Indians answered with a 15-6 run of their own to take a 15-14 lead at the end of the first period. In the second period, the game was tied at 19 before Lloyd Memorial scored six unanswered points to grab a 25-19 lead. The Indians closed the gap over the final two minutes of the half to come within one at the break.

Lloyd Memorial was led by forward Sterling Hamilton who hit three three-pointers and scored a total of 13 points. Hayden Molitor added nine points and five rebounds for the Juggernauts while Lashunn Townsend and Max Willett each scored 10.

After setting the pace in the first half, the Juggernauts were outscored 49-24 over the final two periods and gave up 23 points in the game off turnovers. The team was also outrebounded by the Indians 35-26 and scored just four points from the foul line.

Holy Cross, who shot 52% from the floor and connected on 16 of 17 free throws, had three players score in double figures, led by guards Eric Jakubowski and Leighton Schrand who scored 18 points apiece and connected on 8 of 17 from three-point range. Forward Tyler Bezold poured in 17 points and grabbed four rebounds.

The Indians are back in action at home against Dixie Heights on Friday night while Lloyd Memorial travels to Bellevue High School to take on the Tigers.

– Staff report

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