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Crusaders beat Scots on Tuesday

The Crusaders lead wire-to-wire in their second win of 2011
by: David Ball IN DEEP — Jesuit center Max Rich Max loses the ball after being fouled under the basket in a crowd of David Douglas defenders Tuesday night.

PORTLAND - Reigning 6A state champion Jesuit kept rolling along, handing David Douglas its first loss of the season Tuesday night with a dominating 61-43 road performance.

The Crusaders (2-0) lived up to their reputation, racing out to a 16-7 lead in the game's opening minutes. David Douglas put together a few challenges, but Jesuit had the answer each time.

Taye Baker hit a 3 from the corner to bring the Scots home gym to life, and the team's next possessions saw it pound the boards for a series of chances at the rim before Adrian Koza tipped the ball home to bring Douglas within five points late in the first quarter.

Jesuit responded with Khyan Rayner setting up well beyond the 3-point arc and letting loose with a shot at the buzzer that ripped through the net to put the Crusaders back up 20-12.

Jesuit was on fire from long range in the first half, sinking eight 3s to take a double-digit lead into halftime.

David Douglas made its final charge early in the third quarter when a pair of free throws by Jeremiah Harris cut the gap to 10 points. Jesuit put down the threat when Werner Nistler hit a 3 from the corner - his fourth of the night - and teammate Franklin Porter pulled up for an 18-footer.

The Crusaders pushed the game out of reach early in the fourth when Jack Hackman saw his 3-pointer bounce off the trim three times before trickling through, while teammates Rick Maddock and Xavier Coleman scored on back-to-back drives to the basket for a 50-28 lead with 6:19 to play.

Nistler led the Crusaders with 14 points, while Rayner had 13. Baker led the Scots with 13 points.