Gibault head basketball coach Dennis Rueter hoped Althoff would arrive in Waterloo Saturday night with tired legs from its hard-fought South Seven Conference win just the night before.
The Crusaders may have been a half step behind, but their depth of sharp shooters were dead on target from start to finish in their 97-66 diocesan win over the Hawks.
"Coming into the game we thought we could compete and give them a game if they didn't shoot well," Rueter said. "We can't stop them from shooting because we just don't have the athletes. They can shoot when they want to shoot and everything fell for them tonight."
We can't stop them from shooting because we just don't have the athletes. They can shoot when they want to shoot and everything fell for them tonight.
Dennis Rueter, Gibault head coach
Five Althoff players reached double figures on a night in which they drained 12 three-point baskets. It was the fifth time this season the Crusaders, ranked No. 2 in Illinois Class 3A, topped 80 points and the second time over 90.
"We're all good players," said senior Tarkus Ferguson, who hit five of his seven field goals from beyond the arc. "Every game somebody is going to step up ... me, Jordon (Goodwin), Marvin (Bateman), (Brendon) Gooch, Keenen (Young), whoever."
Althoff improved to 14-2 with the win. It will begin play at the Belleville East Tournament against Columbia Thursday at 6 p.m. Gibault fell to 12-6 with the loss. The Hawks will be at the Okawville Shootout against Vandalia Tuesday.
Gibault kept the game close through most of the first half with its own hot shooting from three-point range. Junior Garrett Rueter had three of his own when Collin Kessler hit another with 3:12 left in the half to close the Crusaders' lead to 38-34.
Althoff closed the half with a 12-2 run to take command. Keenen Young, who was scoreless in the first half, scored 13 in the scond half. The Crusaders, meanwhile, were able to take the outside shot away from the Hawks.
"That was the main focus at halftime," said Althoff head coach Greg Leib. "We didn't want to let them to catch the ball where they wanted and shoot the ball from where they wanted."
Jordon Goodwin scored a game-high 24 for Althoff. Ferguson finished with 19, Brendon Gooch had 14, C.J. Coldon and Young each had 13.
For Gibault, Brian Deterding scored 18, Jacob Rueter had 15, Trevor Davis had 10, Kessler and Garrett Rueter each scored nine.