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Posted On: 09/27/18 6:12 PM
Red Cloud shocked everyone last season in the Round of 16 with their landslide win over No. 4 Miller 79-55.
Their full-court defensive pressure and quickness gave Miller all they could handle throughout the whole night as the Crusaders had a considerable lead by halftime and left everyone watching wowed.
But those who were fans of Red Cloud weren’t shocked at all by the pace and scoring of the Crusaders since that’s what they did all season to their opponents.
Let’s take a look inside the numbers of the 2017-18 Red Cloud Crusaders:
Very similar to their Round of 16 games, the Crusaders had a high scoring offense throughout the season. Their lowest scoring outing was when they scored 46 points against Sioux Falls Christian in the first round at state.
Three returning starters back from a team that went 21-5 and finished fifth at state last season. Leading scorer Alejandro Rama returns for his senior year. Rama averaged 22.4 points last season on 49 percent shooting from the field, he pulled down 6 boards a game, dished out 4 assisted and had 2.8 steals a game. Riyen Carlow averaged 5.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, and shot 55 percent from the field. Jesse Jensen averaged 9.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and shot 57 percent from the field.
The Crusaders pulled down 32 rebounds this past season. They were high energy high motor team that loved to run up and down the court after pulling down a defensive rebound.
The Crusaders had nine steals a game that usually turned into a run out for a layup on the other end.
As a team, the Crusaders shot just under 49 percent from the field.
The Crusaders averaged 13.5 assists per game throughout the season. The three returners led the way in that category. Rama (4.1), Carlow (2), Jensen (2.1).