Lane Thrap scored 16 points in the first quarter and finished with 24, the Crusaders used a dominant third-quarter defensive showing to open up an insurmountable lead and the No. 1 St. Bernard’s boys basketball team topped visiting No. 8 Credo-Rohnert Park 66-58 in the quarterfinal-round of the North Coast Section Division 6 playoffs, Saturday night at Crusader Gym.
St. Bernard’s (16-8) will host No. 4 Ferndale in the tournament’s semifinal round on Wednesday. Saturday’s win also secures a NorCal state playoff spot for the Crusaders as the top four teams in each section division playoff qualify.
Despite Thrap’s gaudy first-quarter numbers the Crusaders entered halftime with a slim 37-32 lead. Yet another next-level performance by Thrap saw the senior score 16 of his team’s 20 first-quarter points.
St. Bernard’s came out a much more aggressive team on defense in the second half, pressuring Credo the length of the floor and keeping the visitors from scoring a point until midway through the frame.
The Crusaders went on an 8-0 run to start the third sparked by a steal and two quick points from Will Omey, who finished with seven points.
By the end of the quarter St. Bernard’s opened up a 53-39 lead, outscoring Credo 16-7 in the third.
“I thought our defense was the key tonight,” Crusaders head coach Steve Thrap said.
Remy Campbell scored 16 points for the Crusaders and played a vital role in seeing St. Bernard’s into halftime with a lead.
Campbell scored half of his 16 points in the second quarter to keep the Crusaders’ offense afloat as Thrap cooled off in the frame and did not score.
“It was nice to see (Campbell) get going tonight,” the coach said. “Sometimes he doesn’t always have a chance to really get rolling so to see him get there tonight was a lot of fun.”
Now 11-0 against D-6 competition this season, the Crusaders will see a Ferndale team in the semifinal round which it has beaten twice this season by scores of 60-39 and 54-40.