COLLINSVILLE — Junior guard Kevin Renner scored a career-high 31 points and was 14-for-17 from the field Friday as the Althoff Crusaders defeated Riverview Gardens 73-66 in the Collinsville-Schnucks Holiday Classic.
Renner, who also had four assists and four rebounds, shattered his previous high of 26 points, set Dec. 14 against Carbondale.
"Whenever I got open, my teammates found me and I got my shots," Renner said. "My shots were falling today. It definitely sets a higher standard, but it feels good at the same time. Hopefully, in the future I can score more and play even better games."
The Crusaders (8-3) committed 18 turnovers, but shot 48 percent from the field (25-for-52) and bounced back from a 57-44 loss to Decatur MacArthur in the opening round Thursday.
Freshman Keenen Young, making his second consecutive start for senior Ryan Marcum (flu), added 18 points after scoring 22 against MacArthur. Young was 9-for-10 from the free-throw line.
"We came out and executed pretty well, hit some shots and I thought we guarded and rebounded a lot better," Crusaders coach Greg Leib said. "They're a tough matchup for a lot of people. I don't think their record's indicative of how good they could really be."
Tyrin Williams, who scored 36 points for Riverview Gardens (1-8) on Thursday in its loss to Belleville East, had 29 against Althoff.
The Crusaders led 28-21 at halftime and pulled away in the second half when they went 14-for-21 from the field. Althoff was 22-for-29 on free throws.
"We were a lot hungrier today; we wanted that win," Renner said. "We felt like we should have won (Thursday), so that made us hungrier today. They were quick and athletic. We just had to keep our composure, keep our heads up and keep shooting."
Althoff will play Lincoln in the consolation semifinals at 1 p.m. Saturday in the auxiliary gymnasium.