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In the 'dark,' Crusaders get hot; first-round woes continue for Jays

Helias rallied to beat Owasso (OK) 78-63 at the Great 8 Classic on Thursday night. (Rod Smith/KRCG13)

JEFFERSON CITY --- Where were you when the lights went out?

The Helias Crusaders were in a hole, that's where they were. And they didn't like the view.

Not all of the lights went out at halftime of Helias' game with Owasso, Okla. on Thursday night at Fleming Fieldhouse, but about 25 percent of them did. After about a 10-minute delay with no solution, the decision was made to play on.

Not fair, right?

Well, the Crusaders were 6-of-8 on 3-pointers in the third quarter. Obviously, they had reverted back to their glory days in the driveway when they kept shooting after dark.

Nothing but net, they called it.

The Crusaders overcame a 12-point deficit in the first half and a four-point deficit at the break to pull away from the Rams 78-63 in the opening round of the Joe Machens Great 8 Classic.

In other games Thursday, the Jefferson City Jays lost in the first round for the eighth straight year, a 59-54 decision to Craigmont, Tenn.; Raytown South held off Hyde Park, Ill., 62-51; and Upper Arlington, Ohio, thumped Tolton 71-48.

In the girls State Farm Invitational at Rackers Fieldhouse, the Lady Jays opened defense of their tournament title with a 65-31 rout of Quincy, Ill.; the Helias Lady Crusaders secured a 52-44 win over Eureka; Hickman shut down Blue Springs South 41-30; and St. Joseph Benton rolled over Hyde Park, Ill., 54-23.

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YOU COULD SAY THEY SHOT THE LIGHTS OUT of the gym, but the lights were already out when the Crusaders got hot.

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