The fifth-seeded Holy Cross boys basketball team ran into a tough team in top-seeded Immaculate on Tuesday night, and the result didn't go the way the Crusaders wanted it.
Holy Cross saw its season end with a 74-58 loss to the Mustangs in a Class S state semifinal game at Masuk High School in Monroe. Immaculate moves on to play surprising No. 11 seed Coginchaug in the state final this weekend at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Jonathan Mowatt led the Crusaders with 18 points, including a 75-foot buzzer beater to end the first half. Rob Maia of Brass City Hoops has video of the shot on his Twitter account @rdm203
You can also see the shot on the Waterbury Republican-American's website, The Zone.
It was Mowatt's last game in a Holy Cross uniform. The same goes for Justin Strielkauskas, who tallied 16 points. It was also the last ride for seniors Dyllan Tyson and Dillon Collins.
Holy Cross' biggest issue was Immaculate senior Darrius Smith. The 5-foot-7 guard poured in 28 points and couldn't be stopped.
The Crusaders ended their season with a record of 18-8. Strielkauskas had this to say to The Zone's Joe Palladino after the game.
"I think we came up a little short. We all wanted to be at Mohegan, that's everyone's place to be, but I am proud of us, we're all proud of each other, I think we did a pretty good job."
Given this program missed the state tournament in 2013 and 2014, runs to the quarters in 2015 and the semis are 2016 are definitely something to be proud of.