Capital rallies past Heidelberg

By Zach Baker

Sports Editor

With 12 minutes left in regulation, Capital coach Damon Goodwin felt he needed to get through to his players.

The Crusaders, down by as many as 13 in the second half at Heidelberg, had started to rally, cutting the Student Princes’ advantage to 50-41.

But Goodwin wasn’t yet satisfied. A timeout by his counterpart, HU coach Andy Bucheit, provided him an opportunity to get his point across.

As the Crusaders got into their huddle at the bench, Goodwin yelled loud enough for everyone – players and spectators – to hear:

“Attack the basket!”

Goodwin elaborated afterward.

“The first half, I thought (the close baskets) were there, we just didn’t take advantage of them,” he said. “In the second half we got it going a little bit, attacked the basket and made a couple shots.”

The result, the Crusaders rallied for a 72-67 win over the Student Princes.

It was a game where Heidelberg appeared to take control late in the first half, and kept that momentum going after the break. Deonte Holder’s 3-pointer with 16 and a half minutes left put HU up 48-35, and a basket by HU’s Mike Petrie shortly after put ‘Berg up 50-37.

“We just all got on the same page,” said Heidelberg’s Cole Williams, a Columbian graduate who finished with 18 points. “On defense we were getting stops, on offense we were all (clicking), looking inside to the post and getting some good shots.”

But things changed quickly, as the Crusaders made a quick run to get back into the game. Bucheit said his bench players struggled when they were called upon.

“I’m gonna call guys out, because we can’t win with five,” said Bucheit. “We talked about this in the locker room. We sub our bench guys in, and a (13-point) lead dwindles quickly.”

To Bucheit’s point: Heidelberg scored 67 points Wednesday night. Of the total, only one point came from a reserve – a Derek Mason free throw.

Capital used an 18-4 run, capped by two Ben Jackson free throws, to take a 55-54 advantage with 8:04 left.

Jackson finished with a game-high 20 points.

But Jackson Blue brought HU right back with a three-point play, giving ‘Berg a 57-55 edge.

But that was short-lived as well. Capital freshman Curt Geise – who finished with 15 points – nailed a trey to give the Crusaders the lead back.

The game stayed within one possession until Geise got in transition and delivered a three-point play to put Capital up 67-61 with 1:53 left.

“It was big,” Goodwin said. “Anytime you go over one possession (lead), that makes a whole difference in the game.”

Heidelberg never got closer than three points after that.

Holder had 15 points, while Petrie had 11 for HU, which slipped to 5-12, 1-9 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Bucheit said HU had too many turnovers in the loss, and it led to some fast break chances for the Crusaders.

“We’re gonna give up some layups in our press,” he said. “But the layups you’re talking about were off of us making stupid turnovers in the halfcourt.”

Capital’s Ben Danhoff, a Clyde graduate, had four points. The Crusaders improved to 9-9, 6-5 in the OAC.