The Wellington Crusaders boys journeyed to Winfield to play against the Vikings Friday night.  Coming off their performance in last week’s Roadrunner Classic Tournament in Chaparral, the Crusaders hoped to get back on track.  Starting off Friday evening, the Crusaders Junior Varsity did just that, winning over the Vikings by a decisive 53-34.  
The Vikings were the first to score with an impressive three-pointer less than a minute into the game.  The Crusaders were able to respond with a basket of their own, quickly making it 3-2.  Silas Popplewell managed to score for the Crusaders from the free-throw line, tying it at 3-3.  The Vikings, however, threw another three-pointer, retaking the lead at 6-3 with 6:20 left in the quarter.  
Popplewell scored again for the Crusaders from the free-throw line, helping to close the score at 6-5.  The Vikings, however, just would not relent, scoring yet again, putting the score at 8-5.  
With 3:25 left in the quarter, things were not looking good for the Crusaders, with the Viking leading 10-5.  The Crusaders still had fight left in them, though, again narrowing the score at 10-7.  With 1:41 left in the quarter, time out was called. Time was running out as they came back onto the court, but Austin Soles, for the Crusaders, managed to score and even the game at 10-10 at the end of the quarter.
Returning to the court, the Crusaders were on a roll.  Popplewell nailed down three three-pointers for the Crusaders in the second quarter, helping to take a decisive lead finally over the Vikings.  .  Unfortunately, with the vigorous play, the fouls were piling up on both sides.  The Crusaders were leading the Vikings in fouls by 5-3.  
Jacob Weber and R’Reonte’ Mangum made shots from the free-throw line for the Vikings.   Trent Beckwith also scored a three-pointer for the Vikings.  
With 1:40 left in the first half, the Crusaders lead on fouls 9-6.  The score stood at 26-20 at the end of the first half.  
As the second half started, it was still anyone’s game.  There was plenty of back and forth before the Crusaders finally scored again almost two minutes in, making it 28-20.  Tyler Brown got in on the action for the Crusaders, making it a ten-point game at 30-20. with 5:55 remaining in the quarter.    Cade Fairbanks got one in from the free-throw line, making it 21-22, in response to a play from the Vikings.  Jake Kaufman was also able to score a three-pointer for the Vikings.  
With 3:40 left in the third quarter, the Vikings had managed to close the gap somewhat with the score 31-25.  Mangum scored again for the Vikings, tightening it again to 31-27 with 2:26 remaining.  As the quarter ended, the Crusaders still lead the Vikings 35-29.  
With the start of the final quarter, the Crusaders were on fire against the Vikings. Soles scored another two-points for for the Crusaders, making it 38-29.  Nolan Foust brought in a two-pointer for the Vikings at 38-31 at 7:00 remaining.  
With 6:12 remaining, the Crusaders once again made it it a ten-point game at 41-31.  The Vikings were leading the Crusaders, however, by a disturbing 8-3.  
Aidan Harper scored for the Vikings from the free-throw line, making it 42-32.  With 5:00 remaining in the game, though, it was still a ten-point game at 43-33.  Rausch score again for the Crusaders, making it 44-33 with 4:18 remaining.  The Vikings were now leading on fouls 10-5.  
With 1:57 remaining in the game, the Crusaders were clearly running away with the game, now leading the Vikings 49-34.  John Long made the final score of the game for the Crusaders, with the final score being 53-34.  It was tough, physical game on both sides, with the final tally for fouls being the Vikings leading 10-7.  
Unfortunately, the luck of the Crusaders did not hold that night as the Crusaders Varsity went on to lose to the Varsity Vikings 63-48.  The Crusaders Boys go on to play in El Dorado this Friday night.   Game times are 4:15 and 5:45 and 7:30 p.m.  
Ian King 5-16 12-16 22, A J Snipes 5-10 0-0 12, Jack Walton 1-3 1-3 4, Jihad Mutazammil 1-2 0-0 3, Zander Vargas 1-1 0-0 3, De’Andre Washington 1-2 0-0 2, Joe Ybarra 1-1 0-0 2, Austin Soles 0-1 0-0 0, Tyler Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Brayden Higgenbothom 0-1 0-0 0, Silas Popplewell 0-1 0-0 0, Grey Hatfield 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-39 13-19 48.