SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, Mass.) guard Myles Davis knew he’d have to step up.
When Steven Adams, a senior center who is signed to Pittsburgh, caught an inadvertent elbow midway through the first quarter, which sidelined him for the rest of the first half, Davis took it upon himself to fill Adams’ void.
“We knew that we’d have to step up because he was really a presence down there for us,” said Davis, a senior who is signed to Xavier. “I knew I’d have to knock down shots to separate us.”
Davis scored 24 points to lead the Crusaders past New Hampton Prep (New Hampton, N.H.) 55-49 Sunday at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.
“I thought we played pretty well considering that we were coming off of a big game against a team like Tilton just yesterday,” said Cassell, a senior. “We weren’t tired or anything, but we just came together to get this win. We wanted to get out and run.”
That was evident from the beginning.
Eight of the Crusaders’ 14 first quarter points were in transition. Cassell drained back-to-back 3-pointers to extend that lead, 17-4, early in the second quarter.
Still, Terrell knocked down two 3-pointers of his own in the second quarter to keep the Huskies within striking distance at the half, 25-17.
New Hampton shot just 23 percent from the field in the first half and committed seven turnovers.
“We wanted to turn it up even more in the second half,” Cassell said.
The Crusaders led by as many as 13 in the second half, and answered every run the Huskies threw at them. Every time they would come to within five points, Notre Dame would go on a mini-run of its own.
“That’s what we do,” Cassell said. “Sometimes we’re a little slower, but we end up getting it going when we need to.”
Adams returned in the second half, and though he was visibly playing through pain, he provided a big defensive presence for the Crusaders. He finished with five points and four rebounds.
It was Adams’ second game with Notre Dame. He moved here recently from New Zealand and is a player with 2013 NBA lottery hype.
“It’s been fun,” said Adams, who stands 6-foot-11. “I feel like I’m adjusting pretty well. I was happy to get a win.”