Holy Cross shuts down Northwest

Holy Cross shuts down Northwest

By Tom Robinson, NEPABasketball.com

WILKES-BARRE TWP. – Caleb Callejas led the offense for Holy Cross and disrupted it for Northwest with his efforts on the other end of the floor.

Callejas scored 13 points and handled a key defensive assignment Saturday afternoon when Holy Cross won its third straight District 2 Class 2A boys basketball title with a 46-25 romp over Northwest at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Holy Cross held Northwest to 15 points into the game’s final 5 minutes.

The Crusaders have won their three straight titles at the arena by an average of 21.7 points while allowing just 27.7 per game. They hold the arena championship game record for fewest points allowed from their 46-18 win over Mountain View in 2017 and Saturday’s effort gave them two of the three lowest totals against in 21 boys championship games there.

“It’s no surprise,” Holy Cross coach Al Callejas said. “Our game plan was to come out and get a lot of pressure on them.

“In particular, we had to get on them because they’re a team with a lot of guys who can shoot.”

The Crusaders made sure the Rangers never had room to do so.

Northwest shot just 16 percent (4-for-25) from the floor and 7.1 percent (1-for-14) from 3-point range through three quarters.

“We knew we had to play a really, really good game to win,” Northwest coach Sean Miller said. “It’s a credit to coach (Al) Callejas and his team’s defense to only give up 25 points to us.”

Caleb Callejas, the coach’s nephew, was a big part of that. He defended point guard and double figures scorer Jaxson Yaple.

“He not only got it done offensively, but he did a great job on their point guard,” coach Callejas said. “Their offense runs through him and he has to get the ball most of the time.”

Caleb Callejas was also 3-for-5 from 3-point range during a game in which every other player on the floor needed a combined 24 shots to make three 3-pointers.

 “It was Caleb’s day today, no doubt,” coach Callejas said. “He went out and he executed.

“ … We kind of emphasized to Caleb that they might try to take away Tyler (Mozeleski) and Kieran (Burrier). He was the guy who needed to come in and play big today.”

Caleb Callejas credited his coaches for having him ready for the defensive assignment.

“We studied his every move,” Caleb Callejas said. “We knew what he was going to do and where he would be getting the ball.”

Northwest’s Walker Yaple opened the scoring with a 3-pointer from the corner in the first minute, then the Rangers went more than eight minutes before their next basket while Holy Cross was building a 15-4 lead.

Caleb Callejas hit 3-pointers for the last six points of the first quarter.

“My teammates just got me the ball when I was open,” he said.

Holy Cross held Northwest without a field goal for another 7:30 from mid second quarter to mid third. The Crusaders put together a 15-2 run during that time for a 33-11 lead. Callejas had seven points and Mozeleski four in that run.

The lead reached 27 points twice in the fourth quarter.

Tommy Montefour had six rebounds to lead Holy Cross to a 32-18 advantage on the boards.

Walker Yaple led Northwest with 10 points.

Holy Cross, which reached the state semifinals last season, returns to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Tournament March 9 at 7:30 at Marywood University against Bloomsburg. District 4’s third-place team is 13-11.

The Lackawanna League Division 3 champion Crusaders (20-5) have won 11 straight and 16 of their last 17.

“We’re healthy now,” Caleb Callejas said. “We’re starting to play really well.”

Northwest (15-10) also won a state game last season. The Rangers open the tournament March 9 at Williamsport at 7:30 against District 4 champion Millville (24-1).

 

DISTRICT 2 CLASS 2A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

Holy Cross 46, Northwest 25

Northwest (15-10)

Player

FG-A

3P-A

FT-A

Reb.

Ast.

St.

Pts.

Stevens

0-1

0-0

0-0

3

2

1

  0

SSaxe

1-8

0-5

0-0

6

0

1

  2

JYaple

2-7

1-4

0-0

0

1

0

  5

Koser

1-5

0-1

0-0

4

0

0

  2

WYaple

2-7

1-5

5-10

1

1

0

10

MSaxe

0-2

0-1

0-1

1

0

1

  0

Pierontoni

2-3

1-2

0-0

1

0

2

  5

Karam

0-0

0-0

1-2

0

1

0

  0

Antolick

0-0

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

  0

Crawford

0-0

0-0

0-1

0

0

0

  0

Team

8-33

3-18

6-14

18

5

5

25

Shooting Percentages: 24.2 on FG; 16.7 on 3PT; 42.9 on FT.

Team Rebounds: 1.

Turnovers: 14.

Team Fouls: 15.

Fouled Out: Stevens, Koser.

Blocked Shots: 1 (Koser 1).

 

Holy Cross (20-5)

Player

FG-A

3P-A

FT-A

Reb.

Ast.

St.

Pts.

Mozeleski

  3-5

0-2

0-0

  2

1

0

  6

Callejas

  4-8

3-5

2-2

  5

1

0

13

O’Connor

  1-4

0-1

2-2

  3

2

1

  4

Montefour

  3-4

0-0

0-0

  6

1

2

  6

Burrier

  4-9

0-2

3-4

  3

0

2

11

Bennie

  0-1

0-0

1-2

  5

0

0

  1

Calciano

  0-0

0-0

1-2

  1

0

0

  1

Schuster

  0-2

0-0

0-0

  1

0

0

  0

Osborne

  0-1

0-0

0-0

  1

0

0

  0

Boles

  0-0

0-0

0-0

  1

0

0

  0

Walsh

  1-2

0-1

0-0

  0

0

0

  2

Norella

  1-1

0-0

0-0

  1

0

0

  2

Mendincino

  0-1

0-0

0-0

  1

0

0

  0

Lee

  0-0

0-0

0-0

  0

0

0

  0

Team

17-38

3-11

9-12

32

5

5

46

Shooting Percentages: 43.7 on FG; 27.3 on 3PT; 75.0 on FT.

Team Rebounds: 2.

Turnovers: 16.

Team Fouls: 17.

Fouled Out: None.

Blocked Shot: 1 (Burrier 1).

 

Score by Quarters

Northwest

  4

  6

  3

12

25

Holy Cross

13

10

14

  9

46

 

Game Recap

Tie: 1.

Lead Change: 1.

Biggest Northwest Lead: 3-0, 7:10 to 6:54-1st.

Biggest Holy Cross Leads: 40-13, 7:24 to 6:32-4th; 42-15, 4:52 to 4:34-4th.