The Capital Crusaders’ Men’s Basketball fell to the No. 8 ranked Marietta Pioneers 47-75 on Wednesday night at the Capital Center in Bexley, Ohio.
Last season Capital took down Marietta both times they played, and it was evident from the pre-game warmups that the Pioneers had a little extra juice for this one. Although they might have gotten a little too amped, as Capital was able to hang around in the first half, only being down 28-24 at halftime; mainly due to Marietta consistently shooting themselves in the foot with 12 turnovers.
In the second half, things started getting out of hand pretty quickly, as Marietta jumped out to a 11-2 run to begin the last stanza. It was a rough night from the field for the Crusaders, who shot just 30%, and it caught up to them. The team was not as sharp on defense, and Marietta took full advantage of it, scoring 47 of their 75 in the half.
It wasn’t an entirely terrible night for the Crusaders though, as the lineup on the floor for the final 10 minutes was all freshmen in different variations, and they did pretty well considering Marietta still had its starters in until the last 4 minutes. A couple of the young Crusaders provided some nice energy and a glimpse into what the future could hold, as Trey Meister and Griffin Doseck combined for 16 with great cuts to the hoop and some hard nosed defense that helped prevent Marietta from scoring 80 points for just the third time this season.
In the moment the loss stings, but the building blocks are in place for a strong finish and great future. The Crusaders will look to get back above .500 on Saturday, as they will head North to take on 11-3 John Carroll.