Wintery conditions didn’t do Holy Angels any favors as the team made the drive east through rush hour traffic to make Tuesday's game at St. Croix Lutheran.
The 13-mile bus ride took about 90 minutes. However, the longer-than-expected journey did not seem to affect the team's play In fact, Stars coach Andy Hannan said they appeared to enjoy it.
"Maybe if anything, it bonds the guys on the bus," Hannan said. "Having fun, goofing around."
St. Croix Lutheran kept it close with Holy Angels until there was about 13 minutes remaining in Tuesday night’s Tri-Metro Conference tilt in West St. Paul.
But then Thor Holien and the Stars, ranked No. 10 in Class 3A by Minnesota Basketball News, streaked. Tied 55-55 with 13 minutes, 30 seconds left in the second half, Holy Angels (16-2, 3-1) took control and did not look back in a 95-75 victory.
Holien scored 22 second-half points, after tallying just two first-half points in what had been a competitive game until the run began.
The Stars’ Max Gerstner added 21 points and Charles Johnson had 19.
Zach Longueville scored 17 points to lead the Crusaders (9-3, 3-0), while Quincy Hardel-Davis contributed 14.
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