Jan 102014

Don’t look now, but the Groton-Dunstable Crusaders boys’ basketball team is on a roll.

After losing their first four games, the Crusaders won their third straight Friday night in a 66-39 skunking of the Hudson Hawks at G-DRHS.

“The kids’ work ethic has been great,” G-D head coach Greg Gillette said of his team’s turnaround. “We all knew it was a process, and they kept working, and the work’s paying off now.”

The Crusaders got off to a fast start and never looked back, outscoring the Hawks 22-4 in the first quarter and 15-11 in the second. Junior guard Drew Moore led the charge for the Crusaders with 16 points, three assists, two steals, and two rebounds. Senior guard Bobby Flanagan had 12 points, four steals, three rebounds, and an assist. Senior guard Corey Romich had the potential for another amazing night, tallying 10 points, three rebounds, two steals, and an assist by the halfway point of the second quarter, but suffered an apparent ankle injury at that point and sat out the rest of the game.

“I thought we were intense,” Gillette said. “It was key for us to get up and down the floor early. It was a good start.”

The Hawks had a golden opportunity to turn the game around with eight steals in the third quarter (four by junior Kyle Sullivan), but the Crusaders defense held steady, allowing just nine points in the quarter.

“I think our defense is the strong point of our team,” Gillette said. “They play very hard on that end of the floor.”

The Hawks had just one player score in double digits, freshman Joao Mendes (11 points, three rebounds, two steals).

The Crusaders never trailed, out-rebounded the Hawks 44-22, and got contributions from every player on their roster, as each of the 14 players had at least one point, assist, rebound, block, or steal.

G-D’s next game is Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Westborough.